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Two Days on the Coast

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To the north of The Malt Whisky Trail lies the famous Moray Firth, so why not combine a visit to some of our sites with a trip to the coast?

Base yourself in one of the towns along the coastline such as Findhorn or Lossiemouth, or stay a little further inland in Forres or Moray’s biggest town Elgin.

Day 1

Start your morning with a trip to Benromach, where award-winning whisky has been made on the site near Forres since 1898. Or learn more about the history of whisky production at Dallas Dhu, a ‘ghost’ distillery now run by Historic Environment Scotland, only a short drive away.

Stop by The Bakehouse in Findhorn for a hearty, organic lunch, before taking a walk or a cycle along the coast, admiring the beautiful beaches and the wildness of the Moray Firth. You might even spot a few dolphins! Visit the Scottish Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay to learn more about these magnificent creatures, or get even closer by going on a wildlife cruise with North 58.

For dinner, eat at the popular The Bothy Bistro in Burghead and enjoy some delicious local seafood. Finish your evening with a dram at one of the excellent whisky bars in Aberlour or Craigellachie, before retiring to your accommodation.

Day 2

Start your morning by exploring Elgin, the biggest town in Moray and home to the famous Elgin Cathedral. Explore the ‘Lantern of the North’ to learn about the medieval Bishops of Moray, or visit Johnston’s of Elgin to explore the region’s manufacturing heritage and pick up a few fine cashmeres and tweeds from the historic mill.

After a light lunch at one of Elgin’s many cafes, such as Planta or Batchen St Coffee, and a visit to Gordon MacPhail for all your whisky shopping needs, head to nearby Glen Moray distillery where tours and tasting sessions are available, or venture a little further inland to Glen Grant in Rothes, set amongst beautiful Victoria gardens laid out by the distillery’s founder.

Round off your trip with a delicious meal and a little something to drink at the Dowan’s Hotel in Aberlour or Copper Dog in Craigellachie.