Plenty to Offer Outdoor Enthusiasts and Whisky Buffs in Moray
By Dipika Patel
Moray on Scotland’s east coast has plenty to offer if you are looking to get off the beaten path on your holiday north of the border.
The region is packed with historical sights, world-class golf courses, outdoor attractions and, of course, its famous whisky.
Indeed, whisky is big business in this area, with Moray’s distilleries accounting for around half of Scotland’s total production of the spirit. More than 50 distilleries can be found here – some of which produce malts for well-known global brands Johnnie Walker and The Famous Grouse.
The Malt Whisky Trail could be a perfect adventure for you if you are a fan of the drink, or if you are simply curious about learning more about its production and history. A signposted route leads you to some of the best working distilleries in the region, including the historical Dallas Dhu facility, which has been preserved in its original19th century condition. Here – and at other distilleries – you will have a chance to see firsthand how the drink is produced and you may be lucky enough to try a sample or two.
Moray is also the setting for Shakespeare’s well-respected tragic play Macbeth and the area’s history is sure to impress. Why not take a wander through some of the region’s castle ruins – many of which are nestled among scenic, rolling hills – or visit the more modern Brodie Castle? The 16th century building, which was a residential home until 2003, is packed with centuries-old works of art and you can also pop into its shop and tearoom during your stay at a nearby hotel on Scotland’s east coast.
Nature lovers will also find plenty to impress them in Moray. Those who are staying in a hotel in the Highlands are spoiled for choice when it comes to top-quality golf courses and places to go hiking and walking. More adventurous types may even wish to try out camping or caravanning.
Bottlenose dolphins can be spotted off the coast and you can get up close and personal with them if you join a boat tour. And if diving is your favourite outdoor pursuit, there is plenty of fun to be had off of Scotland’s east coast.
Whatever type of holiday you are looking for, Moray is sure to please.
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