Moray is a county in the north east of Scotland. It's a small county sandwiched between Aberdeenshire and Highland local government areas. It takes its name from the much bigger "Kingdom of Moray" that in early medieval times stretched from here to Sutherland and Wester Ross.
Towns and villages
- , the county town, has a 13th C ruined cathedral, and even earlier bishop's palace nearby.
A series of small towns line the coast of the Moray Firth. From the west:
- has a castle, the remarkable Pictish Sueno's (or Sven's) Stone, and a couple of distilleries.
- Just north on the coast is the "New Age" settlement of Findhorn.
- is an early example of a planned town, being laid out on a grid from the 18th C. Along the coast are pine woods and sand dunes.
- and Cullen are two small fishing ports.
Inland is classic malt-whisky distilling country along the lower Spey Valley. Towns here include , , and .
For Forres and Elgin the usual approach by air, rail or road is via Inverness. For the southern towns such as Keith, Aberdeen may be a more convenient way in.
- Walk the Speyside Way, a long-distance footpath linking Buckie, Fochabers, Dufftown, Craigellachie, Tomintoul, Ballindoch, Grantown on Spey, Boat of Garten and Aviemore.
- Highland Gatherings and Games: several towns or large villages host an event during a summer weekend. Pipe bands, caber-tossing, field & track events and so on; often combined with Agricultural Shows. The full calendar is posted online.