Elgin Travel Guide

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Elgin Things to Do

  • Glenfiddich distillery tour

    Another distillery tour...I have done 6 in as many years, and each time I’ve been the driver. Poor planning/negotiation skills, I reckon. My cousin Linda recommended the Glenfiddich one as being the best she’s done. Definitely good. I’m comparing with Glen Moray, Glenfarclas and Blair Athol in Scotland. It was free, as well. Of course they have a...

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  • Fishing, Wardend Fishery, Elgin

    At times you can go to a fishery, and feel nothing goes right for you. Wardend bucks this trend, not only is this fishery well stocked and managed, but you do get the feeling that the love of fishing is still at the heart of the venture. I went and caught three Rainbow trout (loads more rising) and it was 3 for 8lb, typical stockies. More...

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  • A calm place

    Elgin cathedral is a haven of calm just off the busy ring road - not well signposted, but worth looking for. Its in ruins, but you can imagine what it was like - a masterpiece of gothic masons' work in light brown/gold stone. Some delicate window tracery is left, and you can see what craftsmanship went into the building. Just wander around, relax...

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  • Linkwood Distillery

    Moray the region where Elgin is located has lots of distilleries each worth a visit. Signs of little pagodas dot the roads of this area. Nearly all distilleries have a pagoda head I'm not sure why but I do think they are cute ventilation shafts to perfume the air! Linkwood Distillery is a solid brick built building which saw its beginnings in 1821...

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  • See the Old Dairy

    We discovered this old dairy while taking a walk with my Grandson Finn on a brisk but bright October day. The road which passes here has no pavement but little traffic travels here just remember to walk in the same direction as oncoming cars and it is fine. The dairy was built in the Victorian Era and shows of its style very well. In its heydays it...

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  • Watch the Marafun

    The city of Elgin hosts a fun run organised by the local Rotary Club bi annually in June. The race involves a circuit of a real marathon of 26 miles through the closed city centre streets. Relay teams of up to eight members can sign up for this race, or if you want to run alone this is also popular. Most of the runners were in fancy dress and it...

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  • Thomas Telford

    Several examples of the work of the well known engineer and architect Thomas Telford can be found near Elgin.They include Craigellachie Bridge on Speyside (1814) - perhaps the best known - Cullen Harbour (1817-19), Tomintoul Church (1827) and Old Bridge of Avon.Telford was born in the Scottish Borders, and much of his career's work is in England &...

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  • Glen Moray distillery tour

    You can take a guided tour of the Glen Moray distillery. It's located on the western edge of town, as you come in from the Inverness direction.It takes about an hour and costs £3 for adults - children free. A free tasting is included at the end, so if you can get there and back without the car, that's ideal! I had the tiniest of tastes, just to...

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  • Bishop's house

    This is also across the street from the Cathedral. It dates back to 1557, and is believed to have been the town house of the Bishops of Moray.It bears the arms of Bishop Patrick Hepburn (1535-73) and Robert Reid (Abbot of Kinloss and Bishop of Orkney).

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  • Biblical garden

    Across the street from the cathedral is this garden which contains all the 110 plant species which are mentioned in the bible. Also, life size statues. Looks great in early summer.Unusual - maybe unique?

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  • Elgin Cathedral

    The cathedral is 13th century, and guide books describe it as one of Scotland's architectural triumphs. It was once know as the lantern of the north.Badly damaged by fire in 1390, deliberately started by the Wolf of Badenoch as retaliation for him being excommunicated by the Bishop of Moray. Then the lead roof was stripped in 1576. Take in the...

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  • Elgin Cathedral

    Elgin Cathedral was first build in the early thirteenth century it was as is now a cross shaped building although much smaller. The fifteenth and sixteenth centuries saw rebuilding and extentions after the burning by the "Wolf of Badenoch" - Alexander Stewart - Earl of Buchan. The Earl was excommunicated by Bishop Bur and took revenge on the 17th....

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Elgin Hotels

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  • Premier Inn Elgin

    Typical budget chain place. Its probably the least attractive of the budget chains - I prefer...

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  • Mansion House

    Stayed there once, about 2003. Room smelled like an ashtray. Full house, so we couldn't be moved....

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  • Laichmoray Hotel

    Maisondieu Road, Elgin, IV30 1QR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Elgin Restaurants

  • good atmosphere

    We'd wandered past a few places before bumping into this one - which had just been suggested by my cousin an hour or so earlier. I also remembered it from an earlier visit.It's small and atmospheric. The food is basic rather than trying to be sophisticated, but the prices reflect that.Service was efficient and friendly. The food was fine...

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  • Spiceee

    Had dinner here in December 08, the week before Christmas. I'd been here about 5 years previously, and was pleased to find it's still good.Huge choice on the menu. Many of the main courses were completely new to me - I must go back and try some more!Service was quick and friendly but not rushed or "in your face". Mind you, the place was quieter...

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  • Good value!

    The place is almost classifiable as Italian. Lots of pizzas and pasta. However, they do plenty of other stuff too.Its relaxed, busy and not fancy. Service is quick and effective, even at peak time on a Saturday night.Cost £30 - for 2 pizzas and 2 desserts, plus 2 bottles of cider for me (well, it was Saturday!). I has the Etna pizza - pepperoni...

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  • Real Italian Ice Cream with a Scottish...

    Just before we left Lossiemouth to return the short journey back to Elgin, Grant said that we couldn't come to Lossie without sampling some ice cream. So we all popped into Mieles cafe - what a wonderful range of flavours and a difficult job for four adults and two children to choose which would be the finest. I followed Grant's lead and chose Irn...

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  • Savoury or Sweet? Whats your fancy?

    As the restaurants name suggests it sells pancakes!! Yummy!Various savoury or sweet pancake dishes to choose from. Although you can order jacket potatoes, burgers and all the rest.Ideal to pop in for a quick coffee and scone. They always have specials on.This resturant has become a particular favourite of mine during the long working day. Ideal for...

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  • Perfect for a special celebration

    This is one of the finest restaurants in the area of Elgin. Recently enjoyed a birthday dinner,here. They have a wide selection of food available to suit every persons taste.Before you are taken to your table, you are sat in the front room with the menu/winelist where you are able to select your meal and whilest you wait have a drink and chat at...

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Elgin Transportation

  • Car travel is probably easiest

    Elgin has good rail links to and from Aberdeen and Inverness with regular train service. Blue-Bird Buses also run a city link service and local buses run between the nearby towns and villages. Getting to off the beaten path places is not so easy with public transport. For convenience I suggest you travel by car for freedom of timetables with no...

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  • Taxi's are fast in Elgin

    Elgin has several taxi companies- A#1 Cab is my favorite, taxis are usually quick in response time within 10 minutes. An excellent way to travel in town.

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  • Getting to Elgin

    From the south: travel A9 north of Perth, turn right on A95 after passing Aviemore. This will take you doewn the Spey Valley. Through Aberlour and Craigellachie, follow A941 and onto Rothes before you reach Elgin.From Inverness or Aberdeen, follow A96, which passes through Elgin.The east coast rail line to Aberdeen is extended onwards via Elgin and...

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Elgin Shopping

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  • Buying gifts at Brodie's

    Brodie Country Fare is a tourist magnet, they have so many departments to part you from your cash. All of their goods in the many department are well laid out but it does get a bit cramped and hot when many people visit. We visited with relatives in a party of eight adults, two babies complete with buggies and two kids, so I suppose we added quite...

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  • Bargains to be had at the Saturday...

    Elgin indoor market is held in the old farmer's market building which is a huge barn like place. The market is a lot of fun for browsing around looking for bargains - the kids especially loved this place and became avid bargain hunters. I would suggest you take along some hand sanitiser to clean hands after handling some of the junkier items...

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  • Shopping in old fishing warehouses

    The shops and restaurants along the Quay side have been converted from the old fishing warehouses. Such a good use for this fine architecture - they make a pretty picture keeping their nautical theme. The Harbour Shoppie displays lots of gifts and toys in very pleasant surroundings. I bought a halloween lantern for the kids and a tea light lantern...

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Elgin Local Customs

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Jan 4, 2009

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    At any time of year but especially during the Christmas period a walk on Lossiemouth Beach is a must do activity. The sea breezes and the long sandy walks on this magnificent stretch of coastline with views as far as Buckie are a joy to the senses. There are two beaches the West and East Beaches. You can have a quiet sheltered walk along the West Beach which passed the estuary of the River Lossie or take the more exhilarating walk along the East Beach which catches the breeze from the Moray Coast. To diminish the excitement of Christmas - we took Kyle and the dogs for a calm down session. Shell picking is a favourite pastime here and Kyle was fully employed in this activity. I did join him but found something more precious. Someone had dropped a £20.00 note on the sands, the beach was busy with locals and tourists and I didn't feel I could approach anyone and ask had they lost a note. I decided I would give the fallen money to charity after all it was part of the flotsam which comes in with the tide and should be given back.

    Reflections of the town The long bridge over the estuary Blue colour of winter Sand & Sea The Dunes from the West Beach
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Elgin Off The Beaten Path

  • Glenfarclas

    Why not venture onto the Malt Whisky Trail with a visit to the Glenfarclas distillery. You’ll find it 5 miles south of Aberlour, on the left as you drive south on the Grantown-on-Spey road. It’s about 0.5 miles from the main road.An easy drive from Elgin.I did. I’m now re-stocked in the malt whisky department. Donna gave 6 of us (4 Finns, a...

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  • Burghead

    Burghead is a fishing village on the Moray Firth coast, about 5-6 miles NW of Elgin.It has 2 main attractions.First, a 7 mile sandy beach backed by pine forests. You can walk all the way to Findhorn, the next settlement, past the RAF base at Kinloss. Never busy, alway peaceful and relaxing (unless a Nimrod flies over). Next, its history. It is the...

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  • Hopeman

    Hopeman is one of a number of seaside villages within a few miles of Elgin. It is 6 miles north. Cycling or running distance, if you're that way inclined.You also have Spynie Palace and Duffus Castle nearby, so if you've had enough dry history, hit the beach and chill out. My pictures were taken at dusk in early March, but I can assure you it is...

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Elgin Sports & Outdoors

  • Ice hockey!

    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...

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  • Elgin City

    The local soccer team. Currently (October 08) in Scottish division 3 (thats actually division 4, as the premier league sits on top).As you'll see from the photo it has been around a long time, almost all of it in the Highland League. The club joined the Scottish league a few years ago (2000, I reckon).If you're in town during the season and need...

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Elgin Favorites

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    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 25, 2007

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Fondest memory: Since my Son and his family have moved to Elgin I will visit often but I do miss the children and Charlie the dog.

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