Moray | Town | ★★

[Elgin Cathedral]

Entering Elgin on one of its main roads doesn't really give first-time visitors the most favourable of impressions. Especially from the east, a series of scruffy retail parks and light industry makes it tempting to carry on through without stopping. Fortunately things improve if you venture off the main roads. An attractive town centre lies hidden away just to the south of the A96 with a pedestrianised High Street dominated by the Greek-style St Giles' Church; our go-to restaurant here is Scribbles (an excellent independent pizzeria with a massive menu). Away to the north is the huge site of Elgin Cathedral: now very much ruined but still emanating grandeur 800 years after construction. On the western outskirts of town beyond the Duke of Gordon Monument is Glen Moray Distillery, part of Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail. This is a bit of a walk if you don't have a car, but worth it for the excellent tour.

[Stillhouse at Glen Moray Distillery]

Location & info

📌 Elgin ★★
Moray, G.R.: NJ 216628 ///duke.emerge.dining

🚶 Elgin is a large town but the centre is conveniently compact, with the cathedral close by and Glen Moray Distillery just within walking distance. Many other nearby sites are reachable by bus.
🚆🚌 The town is a regional transport hub, and on the railway line between Aberdeen and Inverness. Buses call here from many northeast towns including Aberdeen, Inverness, Buckie and parts of Speyside.
🚗 Central car parks charge a fee, with free street parking a longer walk from the centre.

See & do (<1 mi away)

📌 Duke of Gordon Monument ★★
💬 Columnar monument on a grassy hilltop overlooking the middle of town; also the former site of Elgin Castle.
Access by steep steps from the A96 portion of the High Street, 5-min walk west from the town centre, G.R.: NJ 212628 ///pulse.shop.skip
Always open | Free

📌 Elgin Cathedral ★★★
💬 Impressive 13th century ruin, former main church of the Bishops of Moray; nice riverside park adjacent.
King Street, 5-min walk east from the town centre, G.R.: NJ 221630 ///others.arrow.likes
Open daily | £9 adult / £5.40 child / free for Historic Environment Scotland members. Joint ticket with Spynie Palace available from April to September.

>> Glen Moray Distillery ★★★★

Nearby (1-3 mi away)

>> Spynie Palace ★★ (2 mi ↑)

[Elgin Cathedral]


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