Attractions

Things to 'see and do'- In Elgin

See the ruins of Elgin Cathedral, visit the biblical garden alongside, walk to Mary Hill Tower for a panoramic view over Elgin, enjoy riverside walks along the wooded banks of the River Lossie from Darwin Cottage, walk in the other direction and view visit Cooper Park and take the children boating in the Pond, visit the local Elgin Natural History Museum to learn about the amazing geology and fossil finds in the area, see the collection of vintage cars and motor cycle at Moray Motor Museum, visit Johnstons Cashmere Visitor Centre and Shop, play golf at Elgin Golf Club or practice on the driving range, go ten-pin bowling, ice skating or go-kart racing else shop for a special malt whisky at the Gordon & Macphail shop.

Facilities and Resources by the Cottage

Elgin Self Catering - map of local resources and facilities

In the Local Area

A few ideas: Visit the local seaside (Lossiemouth has beautiful sandy beaches and Hopeman has cliffs and sandy coves), visit the WDCS Wildlife centre at Spey Bay, see the Bottlenose dolphins and porpoises in the Moray Firth or get closer with a boat trip, visit Findhorn and go sailing or get some spiritual healing at the Findhorn Foundation Ecovillage, visit the falconry centre at Huntly to see and fly some beautiful birds of prey, visit Spynie Palace just outside Elgin, visit Baxters Visitor Centre at Fochabers, visit a distillery on the Speyside Whisky trail, visit the Cooperage Visitor Centre in Speyside, visit a castle (Brodie Castle, Cawdor Castle, Huntly and Ballindalloch Castles are beautiful nearby examples), attend the Highland Games in any one of a number of local towns throughout the Summer, drive south to see the beautiful mountains scenery and visit lovely Scottish towns such as Aberlour, Granton-on-Spey and Tomintoul' go skiing at Elgin's local ski resort- The Lecht near Tomintoul just 20 miles away.

Further afield

Visit Inverness the capital of the Highlands (45 mins drive) then drive down the banks of Loch Ness to see if you can spot the Loch Ness Monster - you can't help but look out for him!- or drive North and drive across the bridge to the Black Isle and visit Cromarty where you will see beautiful scenery, pass good vantage points to spot dolphins and see massive oil riggs along the shore of the Cromarty Firth; go skiing at The Lecht (the local mountain Ski Resort), visit Fort George at Ardersier- a protective Fort built in 1769 and presently used as army barracks (30 mins drive).