Guide to Moray Speyside

Guide to Moray Speyside

This online guide book is designed to help you plan your trip to Moray Speyside. Discover things to do, places to see, adventure activities and tours. Alongside you can find accommodation, eating out options and useful tourist information about the area and its towns and villages.

Hopeman Beach Huts in Moray Speyside
Hopeman Beach Huts in Moray Speyside

Moray Speyside’s coastline is to the north with beautiful sandy beaches all along the Moray Firth. To the west lie the Highlands of Scotland and to the east Aberdeenshire. To the south you will find the Cairngorm National Park. It’s a fairly compact area with great contrasts. You could be walking on the beach in the morning and skiing in the afternoon weather permitting!

The population is small at less than 100,000. Tourism is an important part of the economy and the multitude of Speyside Whisky Distilleries draw visitors from all over the world to see places like Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Macallan to name but a few. Local produce is not confined to whisky, expect to find great seafood, locally produced meat and specialities such as shortbread and Cullen Skink.

Things to do in Moray Speyside

Popular activities and things to do in Moray Speyside for tourists include fly fishing, golf, walking and mountain biking. There are many tourist attractions in the area. Spend a few hours visiting a Speyside Whisky Distillery. Explore castles, museums and Pictish stones. Shopping is a refreshing experience with many independent retailers. Buy antiques, books and local rafts. There has always been a thriving arts culture and it’s possible to find local theatre and folk music. Throughout year there are whisky festivals and look out for events like the Highland Games in Aberlour, Forres or Dufftown.

The area has lots to offer the visitor. The Moray Firth is an ideal place for relaxing, photography or taking part in watersports with good windsurfing and surfing spots. It’s one of the best places in Scotland for dolphin spotting. Many of the seaside towns have caravan sites and old style fisheman cottages to rent.

There are lots of small towns and villages to explore. Elgin, the capitial has a population of less than 30,000 people. Most towns and villages seem to have a whisky distillery or two nearby and a golf course. Most will have accommodation options including self catering options and some have small country hotels, most of which are independent. Unsurprisingly, Speyside has some of the best whisky hotels in Scotland.

Moray Speyside sees lots of daytrippers from Inverness coming to enjoy the beaches and quiet villages. There are also regular whisky bus tours departing from Inverness and even from Edinburgh. Whether you are here for a day, a week or more, we wish you a great time!

Hopeman West Beach


Discover Moray’s beautiful and unspoiled beaches.

Dalla Dhu Distillery


Speyside is famous for its whisky distilleries.

A great dolphin viewpoint, Burghead Visitor Centre


Spot the bottlenose dolphins along the Moray Firth.

Burghead Harbour

Things to do

Moray Speyside has lots of things to do, indoors and outdoors.

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