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Thunderton House, Elgin, IV30 1BG, United Kingdom
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Travel Tips for Elgin

Pay the entrance fee and see much more

by scottishvisitor

Although you can see and photograph Elgin Cathedral from all sides, it is worth paying the entrance fee and taking some time to really explore the details of this ruined Church. The Chapter House is of particular interest as it is the only part of the Cathedral which still has a roof and is still in use today as a Wedding venue. This part of the Cathedral was re built in the fifteenth century - the vault is its finest feature with its eight shafted central pier featuring a lecturn stone carried by two sturdy angels. The tombs, which date from the 15 century, placed in the Cathedral's walls are also worth a look as are the grave stones which date back to the 13th. and 14th. century. Since my Son and his family have moved to Elgin I will visit often but I do miss the children and Charlie the dog.

Ice hockey!

by iaint

This has been a regular venue for my son's ice hockey games (5 seasons playing for Perth and 1 for Murrayfield in Edinburgh). Once a season for the league fixture for the last 6 seasons.

It was one of the best trips in spite of the distance (150 miles each way - 3 hour drive) because the leisure centre itself is a pleasant place to wait about, and the local club members are a friendly bunch.

My son went to a week long hockey school there, played as a guest for the club 3 times in tournaments, and many of their players were at the hockey school in Znojmo which he attended in 2005.

This season (08-09) he is an Elgin player - for their u16 team. Its a long story, and incomprehensible to some, but there are reasons. So far he has played 2 league games, and loved them both. Updates as the season progresses...

The senior (ie adult amateurs) team Moray Tornadoes play in the Scottish National League. Home games are usually Saturday evenings at 7, but not every week. Check the local newspaper (Northern Scot) or with the Leisure Centre for information. Warm clothing - even in June it's cold inside an ice rink!

Glen Moray Distillery

by Fen

Glen Moray Distillery is situated approximatley 35 miles east of Inverness on the western outskirts of Elgin just off the A96.

Very Interesting tour and insight about the history of Whiskey and how its made.

Baxters Visitor's Centre

by scottishvisitor

In the year 1868 George Baxter borrowed £100 from his relatives which enabled hime to open a small grocery store in Fochabers. Still owned by the same family, a small food producing factory was opened here in 1914. Today Baxter's is a hugely successful company with Audrey Baxter now in charge. The Highland Village and Visitor Centre attracts lots of tourist with its scenic white shops arranged around little streets. As well as shopping you can have a meal here in The Gordon Room or have a snack in the Cafeteria which we did. It is a nice place to wander and admire the pretty details. Open all year seven days from 9.00 to 17.00 visits are free but the shopping is too tempting to miss. Interestingly Baxters has three other shops strategically place for tourist money they are in Aberdeen Airport - Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh and Blackford in Perthshire - the last one surprised me but hey Blackford is very close to the famous Gleneagles. One last thought if you want to visit in relative peace go late afternoon and avoid the many bus tours which stop here mostly till mid day.

Duffus Castle

by stevezero

What we see of Duffus Castle dates back to the 14th C., but the castle sits on the motte of a norman castle, which was of wooden construction.The main tower is an object lesson on why not to built a heavy structure on unstable foundations, as one side of the tower has broken away and is to be seen at he bottom of the motte.
The castle is on quite a large site and there are the remains of an ancient roadway and bridge.

The castle is in the care of Historic Scotland, and admission is free


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