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|A Candlelit Christmas Evening||Carols and Christmas fun in Glenlivet Public Hall||December 7, 2023|
|Christmas Past, Present & Future||More fun for Christmas, all ages, Elgin Town Hall||December 21, 2023|
|Burns Night and Bothy Ballads||In the Cabrach near Huntly. Fun for all and great Scottish Tradition||January 25, 2024|
The main commercial railway from Aberdeen to Inverness runs through Moray, stopping at Huntly, Keith and Elgin. If you want something more relaxed and scenic and just more fun - Keith Railway runs to Dufftown. This is one of the more scenic things to do in Moray.
It’s a scenic route and very popular with tourists from abroad. The railway survives with a healthy number of volunteers and staff. Weddings have been known to be held on the train. Great fun, especially in summer when the weather is warm.
Bow Fiddle Rock
Loved by photo enthusiasts around Scotland, Bow Fiddle is a joy to see and a good thing to do. Located near Portknockie, it is easily accessed.
See a video from 2021 showing Cam Cameron swimming through the arch of the rock.
One of the best locations in the UK to see dolphins is right on the Moray coast. These incredible creatures communicate by sonar and are known as one of the most living intelligent sea creatures.
North 58 Sea Adventure is probably the most fun expedition with a speedy boat and great crew. They leave from Lossiemouth and Findhorn.
Sightings are NOT guaranteed but if you are lucky, you will see these fabulous mammals up close.
There are dozens of castles in Moray and Speyside. One the best being Ballindalloch, seen above. The charm and stories that these castles tell are fascinating.
Whilst not technically a castle Pluscarden Abbey is worth a visit. Benedictine monks live there today and it’s an intriguing place. Set just West of Elgin, it is easily found, just off the A96 road. Castles are one of the best things to do in Moray, don't miss out.
Brodie castle is owned by the National Trust who invest in famous landmarks throughout the UK. It’s uniquely pink colour is quite something. In spring it has over 400 varieties of daffodil, which makes for a fabulous backdrop to photos of your group.
Distilleries - A great thing
Moray and Speyside is officially known as ‘Malt Whisky Country’. There are over 50 in the area and Whisky is one of Scotland biggest exports. Tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people flock to the area each year to take them in. Of course Whisky tasting is one of the popular parts of these tours. Your tasting can be turned into a great night, by the many bars and restaurants in the area. We as HoM can be found regularly in the Highlander Inn, which is frequented by locals and tourists alike. Their range of whisky is outstanding. Craigellachie has character - well worth a visit and a great thing to do.
River Spey Fishing
The River Spey is the fastest flowing river in Scotland. Renowned for it’s salmon fishing, it winds through Speyside with grace. Many of the towns are located on it’s banks. Such as Granton-On-Spey. Rothes and Fochabers.
The Delfur beat one of the most prestigious beats and is located close to us at House Of Mulben.
The river provides many jobs throughout Speyside directly through fishing and all the related jobs such as hotel staff. If you are a keen outdoors person, fishing on the Spey is a real treat.
Moray Motor Museum
Situated in Elgin and only open from Easter till October each year, the museum is a must see for any car enthusiast. It features over 50 classic cars and motorbikes.
Amongst the cars on show is a 1904 Speedwell, a tiny machine but played a huge part of history with it’s 4 seats.
Some of the cars can be hired out for weddings, making that special day, even more special.
There are a lot of great mountain bike trails around the area. The Speyside Way which weaves its way through the area, following of course - the River Spey. There are some great mountain bike tracks found very near us at Ordiequish forest. A great thing to do in Moray and keeps you fit!
Johnstons of Elgin
Johnstons are now a worldwide brand, but their home has always been Elgin. A wonderful cafe and restaurant is located through beyond the shop.
Many great gifts can be found here. A favourite with ladies. An upmarket place with prices to match. High quality prevalent throughout the range. Something to see and do when the men are shooting, perhaps.
Constructed in 1815, by respected engineer Thomas Telford, the bridge is quite spectacular. The best photo is as seen, for a small sandy beach area to the north of the bridge. The River Spey runs under it and the stretches of water, are known as hiding points for the salmon.
It is made from a single piece of cast iron, which at the time was groundbreaking. It was used up until 1967, in which quicker route was developed.
Food - Baxters and Walkers
Whilst when it comes to food and drink the distilleries are thought of first when Moray comes up, Baxters and Walkers products are sold around the world. Baxters main produce is soup and Walker’s shortbread! Delicious!
Both businesses provide hundreds of jobs for locals and temporary staff in busier times. They can be visited for tours. The seconds shortbread is a favourite at HoM.
There are numerous golf courses in the area with the best known at Lossiemouth - Moray Golf Club. A links course which can play hard with the wind. Proper golf, not for newbies! Easier courses can be found a favourite of HoM staff is Garmouth. Still on the coast but an easier challenge than at Lossiemouth.
Getting to Moray Speyside
The number 10 bus runs from Aberdeen to Inverness hourly in day time. Stopping at Huntly, Keith, Fochabers, Elgin and Forres.
The train also runs from Aberdeen to Inverness. It links up with the main railway throughput the UK. With further southerly routes going down past Aviemore. The east options goes past Dundee and then onto Edinburgh which has a great sleeper service to London.
Moray can be reached by car on the A96. A truck road, which will hopefully be dual carriage way at some point. It’s a busy road, but many 3 lanes allow passing opportunities up the hills.
From the A9 and southerly direction you can arrive get to Moray Speyside through Granton-On-Spey.
You can fly into Aberdeen and Inverness airports. The Westerly point of Moray is just 20 minutes form Inverness airport. On the other side, the east, Keith is around an hour from Aberdeen airport.