Relaxing in Moray Speyside

Scotland attracts millions of visitors every year yet it’s still possible to find quiet tourist spots and sleepy villages off the beaten track.

Moray Speyside is one of these places. Here you can experience some rest and relaxation. Places like Edinburgh, Inverness and the Isle of Skye attract the majority of tourists yet incorporating a few days or even short side trip to places like Moray Speyside will enhance your vacation.

Speyside is perhaps more well known to visitors than at first glance. The world’s best selling whiskies come from here including Macallan, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet. They act as ambassadors for the area drawing whisky lovers to its distilleries.

But it’s not just about whisky. You’ll find long, quiet sandy beaches with great views out to see with the possibility of being interrupted by dolphins. Coastal walks abound but so do inland walks. You can walk the old whisky smuggler trails. Many walks like these are isolated and out of the way. There are also longer walks you can do in part or in full. These include the Speyside Way and the Moray Coastal Path. There are lots of other things to do in Moray including wandering around castles, playing golf and more active pursuits like white water rafting.

The region has a population of fewer than 100,000. It’s an ideal area for relaxation. You won’t find many big hotels in the area, rather small independents, often family run. Hotel accommodation is fairly thin on the ground in some areas but there are Bed and Breakfast in most Moray Speyside villages.

Moray Speyside offers lots of diverse self catering options, from beach cottages to converted churches to distillery cottages.

The Moray Firth also has a number of caravan sites, from busy family oriented to small, quiet campsites many with beaches nearby. There are a few inland caravan sites as well.