Duffus Castle

One of the finest examples of a 12th-century motte and bailey castle in Scotland this is the original seat of the Moray family.

Duffus Castle sat on the edge of Loch Spynie, which once stretched towards the outskirts of Elgin and down towards Lossiemouth. The defensive position of the castle was very strong as its raised height gives views over the Laich o’ Moray giving a strategic advantage.

The castle itself would have originally been timber and later rebuilt in stone. The weight of which was eventually too much and one wall collapsed.

Duffus Castle lies on the flight path of RAF Lossiemouth so if they’re flying it’s possible to get pictures of the castle with Tornado jets in the background – if you’re quick enough!

Open daily – free admission