Guide to Moray Speyside

Things to do in Moray

There are many things to do in Moray from beach walks, to discovering castles, to exploring the whisky distilleries in Speyside. Whether you are looking for action activities like skiing and surfing or spending a relaxing morning watching dolphins, Moray offers a great selection of experiences and adventures. To help plan your itinerary, here’s a list of things to do:

  • Go Dolphin Spotting
  • Visit Moray Beaches
  • Visit Castles
  • Explore the Speyside Whisky Distilleries
  • Play a round of golf
  • Take scenic photographs
  • Go to the Highland Games
  • Discover outdoor activities
  • Take a Gin Tour
  • Find a Festivals in Moray Speyside
  • Explore the towns and villages of Speyside
  • Walks in Moray and Speyside
  • Great Shopping Attractions
  • See Craigellachie Bridge
  • See Highland Cows

Dolphin in the Moray Firth
A top activity in Moray is Dolphin Spotting

Dolphin Spotting in Moray

One of the most popular things to do is watch dolphins in the Moray Firth. Keep a look out while on any coastal walk or visit the dolphin spotting hotspots of Burghead and Spey Bay (home to the Scottish Dolphin Centre). A popular activity is to take a trip on a Wildlife & Dolphin spotting boat which also operate in the Moray Firth.

Beaches in Moray Speyside

Discover the beautiful Moray Firth coastline with many lovely, sandy beaches. The Beaches in Moray Speyside are often uncrowded and peaceful ideal for walking and sunbathing.

Castles in Moray Speyside

Scotland is peppered with castles and Moray Speyside is no exception with many castles to visit and explore including ruined castles and stately homes.

Speyside Whisky Distilleries

The Speyside whisky region is home to many of the best know single malt distilleries including Glenlivet, Macallan and Glenfiddich and there are others to visit including Benromach, Glenfarclas and Cragganmore. Find out more about their history, tours, tastings and how to get to the Speyside Whisky Distilleries

Golf Courses in Moray Speyside

From coastal golfing delights to the rolling countryside of Speyside, the area has plenty of golf courses for you to play and enjoy. Playing golf is a popular activity for tourists and locals alike with excellent courses and great value green fees. Combine golfing and dolphin spotting with one of our coastal links golf courses. Golf Courses in Moray Speyside

Photography in Moray

With a beautiful coastline and unspoiled countryside, the region offers some excellent and unique photographic opportunities. There are great places to photograph in Moray from old bridges to beach huts to castles to tranquil harbours.

Burghead Harbour
Burghead Harbour makes a great subject for photography.

Highland Games

If you are visiting in the summer months, look out for the chance to attend one of the Highland Games. You can watch events including Hammer Throwing, Tossing the Caber, Running and Highland Dancing.

Outdoor Activities

The area is ideal for Outdoor Activities including water sports, mountain biking and walking. Other activities include surfing, clay pigeon shooting and skiing.

Gin Tours in Moray Speyside

Speyside is home to many whisky distilleries but it’s now becoming well known for its gin production. To find out more about how it is made and the botanicals that flavour them take one of the Gin Tours in Moray Speyside

Festivals in Moray Speyside

If you are a food, whisky, music, gin or walking fan (or if you are a fan of them all) we have some great Festivals in Moray Speyside

Explore the towns and villages of Speyside

Explore delightful towns in Moray and Speyside including coastal villages with beautiful beaches and relaxing cafes to inland rural towns with history and character.

Walks in Moray & Speyside

There are many Walks in Moray and Speyside. The area is ideal for walks with many short hikes to longer walking trails.

Shopping Attractions

Moray and Speyside has some great shopping attractions where you can find local food and products.

Craigellachie Bridge

Visit Craigellachie Bridge in a beautiful location down by the Spey River.

See Highland Cows

One of the iconic images of Scotland is the famous Highland Coos. There are a number of places in Moray and Speyside where you can see Highland Cows!

Activities and things to do in Moray Towns

Moray Speyside boasts lots of small villages and towns each with their own character, often with a local shop and village pub or two. Most Moray villages have network of local walks often signposted from the village centre. This is malt also whisky country and is home to many Speyside Distilleries. Distillery visitor centres are located in and near the towns of Moray.

It can be difficult to decide from afar where the best place to stay in Moray and Speyside would be but an overview of each particular town might help you as well as introducing the activities available.

A quick geographical tour round Moray has the lovely market town of Forres, known for it’s flower displays and varied walks. Just a few miles north, on the coast lies the old coastal village of Findhorn. Find old cottages, sailing and dolphin spotting activities. Further along the coast is another local favourite, Lossiemouth. Walk and sunbathe along sandy beaches, surf on stunning waves, shop in independent shops, eat in a variety of pubs and enjoy an ice cream. Towards the east side of Moray lies aother beautiful place, Cullen.  The perfect place for many outdoor sports and activites including golfing and surfing. The town itself has an array of antique and collectible shops. Another favourite place for locals to go.

Elgin is the “capital” of Moray and Speyside by population and has lots of things to do including visiting Elgin Cathedral and the Biblical Gardens, touring Johnstons Woolen Mill, browsing the whiskies at Gordon & MacPhail to touring Glen Moray Distillery and nearby Benriach.

Travelling south towards the middle of Speyside the town of Rothes with its selection of distilleries including Glen Grant (open to visitors), Speyburm and Glenrothes. You can also walk by the River Spey and stay in one of the top whisky hotels in the area, the Station Hotel.

Onwards to a group of three Speyside Whisky Towns. Craigellachie which has two of the best known whisky hotels and bars in the area, the Highlander Inn and The Craigellachie Hotel. It’s a short walk down to the River Spey and Craigellachie Bridge.  Craigellachie is also close to the Macallan Distillery and Speyside Cooperage.

Close by lies Aberlour which sits on one side of the River Spey. Aberlour has beautiful walks, Aberlour Distillery and Walkers Shortbread Factory as well as a number of independent shops.

East of Craigellachie is Dufftown, the malt whisky captital of the world with may distilleries including Glendullan, Dufftown, Kininvie and Mortlach. Perhaps the two most famouse ones are Glenfiddich and Balvenie, both of which are open to visitors. North east of Moray and Speyside lies Keith which marks one end of the popular tourist attraction the Dufftown Keith Railway. It is also home to Strathisla Distillery.

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