Tourist Information - Local History and Heritage

The area is steeped in history and wherever the visitor looks there is evidence of Moray’s past, whether it is the ruins of Elgin Cathedral or the old road bridge at Craigellachie designed by Thomas Telford or our Museums. Moray Council’s local heritage centre in Elgin is a mine of information for those interested in carrying out research. The Registrar also has information for ancestry researchers.

Find out more about places to visit in Moray by using the links below:

Auld Brig of Keith, Keith
Packhorse bridge from 1609,_Scotland

Balvenie Castle, Dufftown
Originally the seat of the powerful Comyn earls of Buchan. Historic Scotland maintain the castle.

Brodie Castle
Magnificent turreted castle with a playful garden and over 400 varieties of daffodil.

Once an important Pictish fortress and port
Burghead Visitor Centre:

Covesea Lighthouse
Covesea Lighthouse, designed by Adam Stevenson, was completed in 1846 and stands above the beach at Covesea, one mile west of Lossiemouth.

Craigellachie Bridge
Finest remaining example of Telford's ironwork in the UK

Duffus Castle, Elgin
A fine example of a motte and bailey castle. Maintained by Historic Scotland.

Elgin Cathedral, Elgin
The lantern of the North. Maintained by Historic Scotland.

Elgin Closes
Steeped in history

Elgin Museum
World famous fossils

Fisheries & Community Museum, Lossiemouth
The life and dangers of the fishing industry

Fishing Heritage Museum, Buckie
History of fishing and maritime industries

Fochaberian Gardens, Fochabers
Famous sons of Fochabers

Fochabers Folk Museum and Heritage Centre
Local memorabilia

Falconer Museum, Forres
Newly refurbished but retaining Victorian ambiance

Gordon Castle
A family-owned, 15th century castle that hosts a popular Highland Games each May.

Kinloss Abbey, Forres
It was the largest Cistercian Monastery in the North

Knockando Woolmill
Restoration project underway

Ladyhill, Elgin
Castle ruins and Duke of Gordon monument

Local Heritage Centre, Elgin
Research your family tree

Macbeth's Hillock, Brodie
Where Macbeth is reputed to have met the three witches

Moray Heritage Connections
An excellent resource detailing many of Morays heritage centres, museums and associations.

Moray Motor Museum, Elgin
A superb collection of cars and motorbikes

Mortlach Parish Church
One of the oldest sites of Christian worship in Scotland
Church Street, Mortlach, Dufftown, Keith, AB55 4BR

Nelson's Tower, Forres
Monument with great views over to the Black Isle

Pluscarden Abbey, Elgin
Medieval monastery still being used for its original purpose

Rothes Castle, Rothes
Only one wall remains but great views from Castle Hills

Scalan Seminary, Glenlivet
18th century Roman Catholic Seminary

Spynie Palace, Elgin
Historic residence of the Bishops of Moray

Thunderton House, Elgin
Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed here en route to Culloden
2 Thunderton Place, Elgin, IV30 1BG (just off Elgin High Street)

Tomintoul Museum
The highest museum in the Highlands

Tugnet Ice House, Spey Bay
Built in 1830

* Please note: Moray Council is not responsible for any of these external websites

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