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.