Moray Eating Out

The following is a selection of establishments in Moray where food of various kinds is available either to sit-in or take away.

This is an evolving list and is not comprehensive. If you see something obvious that should be here but is not, please let us know (thank you).

Moray Eating Out options include:-

  • Bar Meals
  • Budget
  • Greek
  • Haute Cuisine
  • Indian
  • Italian
  • Seafood
  • Takeaway

Aberlour

Elgin

Dufftown

Fochabers

Forres

Findhorn

Lossiemouth

Rothes

Moray Outdoors

There are plenty of opportunities to experience Moray Outdoors, whether you are on a beach, climbing hills or walking in woodlands and forest.

There are fantastic beaches along the entire length of the Coast of Moray, including Findhorn, Roseisle, Burghead, Hopeman, Lossiemouth and Cullen.

Ben Rinnes, Ben Aigan and the Convals, near Dufftown, provide ideal hill walking opportunities and views which are excellent value for the amount of climbing required.

Woodland walks are available at Winding Walks, Torrieston, Roseisle, Lossie Forest and Millbuies.

The area has several mountain biking trails, for example, Moray Monster Trails at Fochabers and also trails at Glenlivet.

Orienteering is a popular sport in Moray and the area is internationally recognised for the quality of its orienteering venues.

The Speyside Way is one of 4 official long-distance walking routes in Scotland. It links the Moray Coast (Spey Bay to Buckie) with the edge of the Grampian Mountains at Aviemore, generally following the line of the River Spey.  The main track covers a distance of about 65 miles.

The Dava Way links Forres in Moray with Grantown-on-Spey in Highland (24 miles).

A number of resources are available for anyone wishing to consider the available options for outdoor sports and pastimes in Moray.

Moray Shopping

If you are looking for Moray shopping opportunities, Elgin is the largest town and also the administrative and commercial hub for the area.

In line with the experience of many towns over the last 20 years, retail developments have sprung up outwith the town centre and the feeling is that this has had a negative impact on the Central Business District.

Elgin Business Improvement District (Elgin BID) was formed to try to reverse this trend.  It has had a lot of success and continues to be active.

Elgin has a central Shopping Centre at the St Giles Centre.  South Street recently branded itself ‘The Wedding Street’ because of the number of wedding-related businesses in and around the thoroughfare.

Elgin High Street has been pedestrianised for a number of years to improve the general shopping experience.  It has a mixture of local businesses and national chains.

There are two main supermarkets in Elgin – Tesco and Asda.  There is a substantial Retail Park adjacent to Asda’s premises at Edgar Road, New Elgin, including stores such as Dixons, B & Q, Homebase, Sports Direct and Matalan.

West of Forres at Brodie, on the A96, is Brodie Countryfare, which sells high quality goods and also has a Café/Restaurant.

At Fochabers, also on the A96, Baxters of Speyside (an internationally recognised food brand) have their home and headquarters (also with shops selling high quality goods and a Café/Restaurant).

In smaller towns, such as Lossiemouth and Aberlour, the Co-operative Group provide the main supermarkets.

Moray Events

Moray plays host to a wide variety of events each year.

The following are examples of Moray events which feature prominently in the local calendar:

Moray Schools

One of the best places to obtain information about Moray schools is the website of The Moray Council.  There, you can find out details of the 45 primary schools within Moray, and 8 secondary schools.

The Council was carrying out a review of its education provision, with the prospect of closures of some primaries and possibly one secondary, but this review is currently on hold.

Gordonstoun, near Lossiemouth, and Moray Steiner School, in Forres, are independent schools in the region.

Moray College, based in Elgin, is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

Moray Geography

Moray Geography takes in everything from wild hills to fertile farmland, and powerful rivers to dramatic coastline.

Moray is one of the 32 Local Government council areas of Scotland.

It is situated in north-east Scotland, covering an area of 2,238 km2.

Moray is approximately triangular in shape – as highlighted by the Moray Council logo.

It has a coastline along its northern edge, on the Moray Firth, and otherwise borders the council areas of Highland and Aberdeenshire.

The population of Moray is in the region of 90,000.  The main centres of population are Elgin and Forres.

There are three main rivers, all of which empty into the Moray Firth: the Spey (second-longest in Scotland, and famous for its salmon and associated whisky industry); the Lossie (which flows through Elgin); and the Findhorn.

The highest point in Moray is Ben Rinnes, which reaches 841m (2,759 ft), south-west of Dufftown.

The Laich of Moray is the rich agricultural coastal plain, which is reckoned to comprise the area from Fochabers in the east to Brodie in the west.  As well as Elgin and Forres, this takes in Lhanbryde and the coastal settlements of Lossiemouth, Hopeman and Burghead.

Moray Culture

Consult a dictionary for the definition of “progressive area” and you will probably find See Also: Moray, Scotland.

Moray is proud of its creative forward thinking and the friendliness of its people.

Moray has been named as one of the top five rural regions in Scotland for “quality of life”.

In fact, people are not just content to live in Moray, they are thrilled by it – which is why environmental protection, development of alternative energy sources and sustainable practices are of high priority for citizens of Moray.

National Geographic has put the Moray Coast in the top twenty of its world list of the most beautiful coastal regions.

The article, which can be found on the National Geographic Travel website, underlines Moray’s outstanding cliff scenery and strong community feeling.

It was collated from the opinion of a panel, comprising 340 experts in sustainable tourism, taken together with views of readers, on the locations of the world’s most scenic coastal regions.

Comments from readers about the Moray Coast included:

“A wonderful region of Scotland – beaches are fantastic, and the area welcomes visitors as one of their own.”

 

Moray History

In Moray’s more distant past, there are links to the Romans, Picts and Vikings.

MacBeth

In 1040, the army of MacBeth – best known as the subject of the Shakespeare tragedy – defeated and killed Duncan I at Pitgaveny, north east of Elgin.

Elgin Cathedral

On 19 July 1224, the foundation stone of Elgin Cathedral was laid. The structure which remains today reflects a building which over centuries was by turns extended, ravaged by fire, renovated and which, ultimately, disintegrated in part due to inferior quality stonework. In spite of this, the cathedral remains a magnificent building, worthy of its description as the “Lantern of the North”.

Bonnie Prince Charlie

No review of Moray history is complete without mention of Prince Charles Edward Stuart. “Bonnie Prince Charlie” stayed for 11 days at Thunderton House – which exists to this day in central Elgin – in March 1746, a few weeks before the defeat of his Jacobite army at Culloden, near Inverness, and his own escape into exile.

Whisky

Moray is “Malt Whisky Country” and has over 50 distilleries. The earliest of the current (legal) distilleries date from the late 18th Century.

Moray – Climate

Moray has a temperate maritime climate – which generally means cool Summers and relatively mild Winters due to its proximity to the sea.

Having mountains to the west and south west means that Moray lies in a rain shadow, which keep rainfall levels quite low.

Over Winter 2013 / 14, an exceptionally stormy season for the UK in general, Moray was the only area in the UK which had below-average rainfall. Many other regions experienced rainfall levels which were more than twice the average amount during that period.