Take a trip to Scotland’s world-famous whisky region and enjoy its local distilleries and breath-taking scenery. The picturesque town of Elgin lies on the south coast of the Moray Firth between Inverness and Aberdeen. Discover more about the activities and events that happen in Elgin by reading our complete guide to Elgin. This guide looks at things to do in Elgin as well as hotels in Elgin.


Things to do in Elgin 

This part of Northern Scotland has a lot to offer its visitors. Tourists come here to explore and to enjoy everything from the town’s castle to its cathedral and its famous cashmere boutiques.

Elgin Cathedral

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This is the town’s most popular tourist attraction. Known as the ‘Lantern of the North’  by Elgin’s locals this majestic, historic ruin is a must-see while you are staying in this part of Scotland. 

History geeks are amazed by Elgin Cathedral. Not only is it one of Scotland’s most beautiful medieval buildings it dates back to the 13th century. 

The cathedral was damaged in a fire many centuries ago, however, you can still climb two the of towers that are still intact. These are both open to the public and the climb is well worth it as you will be rewarded with breathtaking  views of the town.

Mossend Farm: Alpaca Days Out

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This is a dream day out for an animal lover. You can book a family-friendly one-hour Alpaca Safari or an adult-only three-hour Alpaca Trek at Mossend Farm

Get up close to a Scottish alpaca and spend some quality time with them in the fields. Afterward, hosts treat guests to coffee and cakes in the farmhouse kitchen.

The staff here are lovely and guests love learning about and meeting Mossend Farm’s very special residents. Prebooking is essential for this day out in Elgin.

Elgin Distilleries 

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Glen Moray Distillery

The most famous distilleries in the town include Glen Moray, Gordon & MacPhail and Glen Elgin. The majority of these whisky distilleries in Elgin have open days for visitors that want to learn more about whisky making and take part in a whisky trail.

Elgin Museum

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Elgin Museum sits at the very top of the town’s High Street. This stunning building is one of Britain’s oldest museums as it has been housed in this building since 1843.

Although this is one of the quietest parts of the UK, at Elgin Museum visitors can observe objects from all over the world for free! This museum has a special focus on Moray. It gives guests information about the towns here from all periods of history and prehistory –  even before the Jurassic periods! 

Hopeman East Beach

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This part of Scotland has amazing beaches along its coastline. This beach near Elgin is famous for its large waves, making it a popular spot for surfers during the summer months. If you decide to catch a wave, you may even spot a dolphin or two, 

Enjoy a long walk along Hopeman East’s coastal path afterward and enjoy the views of the Moray Firth.

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