Moray lies in north-east Scotland, bordered by Aberdeenshire and the Highland council area. Its rural setting makes Moray an ideal location for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. But don’t be fooled. For anyone wanting a more active break, there’s plenty to see and do.
Go Dolphin Spotting
Moray has 50 miles of coastline along the Moray Firth, a stretch of water home to around 130 bottlenose dolphins. A number of local operators run cruises, giving tourists the chance to get up close to the creatures in their natural habitat. For those who prefer to remain on dry land, there a number of potential viewing spots. One of these is the Scottish Dolphin Centre at Spey Bay. Staff can provide advice, information and guided tours of the local area. As well as catching a glimpse of the dolphins, visitors can also catch a glimpse of seals and local wildlife.
See Historic Ruins
Known as the ‘Lantern of the North’, Elgin Cathedral was founded in 1224 and was the main church of the bishops of Moray. However, fires in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries took their toll. By the time of the Scottish Reformation in 1560, the building was abandoned. The remains have been a visitor attraction since the early 1800s and the cathedral is considered a site of architectural beauty and importance. The nearby Biblical Garden is also worth a look. There you will see every type of plant (110 in all) mentioned in the bible.
Learn About Fishing
Moray has a long and proud association with the fishing industry. It’s a history that has been documented and presented at the Buckie and District Fishing Heritage Centre. Visitors can view thousands of photographs as well as a range of artefacts and a model boat collection. Many of the volunteers who run the centre have experience of working on fishing boats.
Visit Three Kings
No, this isn’t an invite to spend time in the company of royalty. The Three Kings are a group of rocks sitting in the middle of Cullen’s beautiful beach. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, or as the sun goes down, a stroll along the (mostly) golden sands is an absolute pleasure. It’s only one of a number of beaches in Moray with others at the likes of Findhorn and Lossiemouth.
Try Fish Soup
Visitors to Cullen can also try the local delicacy, to which the town lends it’s name. Cullen Skink is a thick soup, traditionally made with haddock, cream, onions and potatoes. The dish is so popular that, since 2012, it has had its own world championship. Any chefs dreaming of glory can try their luck in November. Anyone who just wants a bowl of their own will find Cullen Skink widely available in cafes, pubs and restaurants in the area.