Situated in the north-east of Scotland is the County of Moray, a vibrant region with a network of bustling market towns and quant coastal villages. Sitting amongst some of Scotland’s most stunning and diverse landscapes including award winning beaches, tall forests and dramatic mountains, the area truly can be described as the jewel in Scotland’s crown.
Known for its high living standards, the area offers a rich local culture, excellent facilities and services, entertainment activities, and good quality leisure and sports amenities. It boasts a comprehensive business base that provides a wide range of high-quality jobs and strong communities with a growing population. With affordable housing, great schools and a dry climate, Moray is a great place to live, work and relax.
The Moray coast is lined with beautiful sandy beaches including those at Burghead, Lossiemouth, Hopeman and Cullen. Rich in animal and plant life, the Moray Firth is home to around 130 bottlenose dolphins making it one of the best places in Europe to dolphin spot. Harbour seals are common in the area with porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, pilot whales, minke whales and even killer whales making appearances on occasion.
A backdrop for a whole host of outdoor pursuits including water and winter sports, climbing, walking/hiking, cycling and horse riding, Moray is a fantastic place to get outdoors and get active. With a rich culture of craftmanship, the area is home to weavers, makers and builders such as the textile powerhouse Johnston’s of Elgin. Exhibiting arts and crafts throughout the region with a collection of independent shops, craft showrooms and small art galleries showcasing fantastic works and creations. Discover and explore hundreds of attractions such as museums and castles, adventure parks and breweries, arts venues and garden centres in the Cairngorms National Park.
Keen anglers will be spoiled for choice with Moray being home to a number of excellent rivers for trout and salmon fishing including the River Findhorn and probably the most famous salmon river in the World, the River Spey. Together with deep sea fishing and a variety of independent fisheries the area caters well for both your fishing needs and individual ability.
If golf is your thing then Moray will not disappoint! With a fantastic array of seaside links and parkland courses, the area boasts an excellent choice of some of the finest golfing facilities in Scotland. Each offering a different challenge but all featuring breath-taking scenery and great local hospitality.
Head in land to the Moray Speyside region where you’ll find the world’s largest concentration of whisky distilleries on the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail. Due to the rich offerings of the Speyside larder, the county also lends itself to an abundance of quality food and drink products with world renowned producers such as Walkers Shortbread and Baxter’s Food Group taking advantage of its offerings.
Moray also has a rich and varied heritage that’s brought to life in the many heritage centres and museums. Visitors are offered the opportunity to explore the fishing villages on the coast and the medieval abbeys and royal burghs that lie inland. With a wealth of local historical culture throughout visitors are able to connect with the people and industries that have shaped the area.