The beautiful county of Moray lies east of Inverness and Nairn and is well hidden from the main Scottish tourist route. The coast is fairly flat, characterised by large stretches of sand dunes backed by forests and wide bays. Further inland the landscape changes to agricultural, rising up across empty moorland, criss-crossed by rivers and glens towards the foothills of the Cairngorms.

Elgin, Moray's capital is an elegant town offering an array of historic features to view including the magnificent 13th Century cathedral. There is also a Biblical garden, museum with fossil collections and Drumin Castle, a 14th Century tower house.

Not surprisingly this area is a haven for hikers. A network of paths and quiet back roads link the coastal towns and villages making it easy to explore the mosaic of farmland, woodland and shore. Follow the Moray Coastal Trail from Forres and you will eventually reach historic Cullen. Along the way you will find information boards describing your journey.

This unspoilt county abounds with wildlife, such as ospreys, otters, crested tits, red squirrels, pine martens and bottlenose dolphins. Visit Culbin Forest which stands on one of the largest sand dune systems in Britain, and Culbin Bar the best example of a shingle spit.

Visitors to the region will also discover a string of ancient Highland communities all offering you a warm welcome and a variety of attractions. From Historic ruins and castles to dynamic eco-communities, from scenic coastal woodland walks to thrilling climbing, skiing and mountain biking. Whether you want to stroll along the riverbank or beach, or tackle something more adventurous, there are always plenty of options when it comes to getting active.

Moray offers a real taste of the true traditions of the Highlands that is sure to have you coming back again and again.

Boatman’s Cottage ref: 27787

Portessie, near Buckie, Moray

£409-£662

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Boatman’s Cottage
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Dating from 1863 this traditional sail-makers cottage lies just 100 yards from the seafront in Portessie.
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The Shempston Experience - Cottage 2 ref: UK5830

Duffus, near Elgin, Moray

£593-£1127

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Perfect for exploring the breathtaking Cairngorms National Park with its stunning mountain scenery and plenty of walking and cycling trails.
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Shedend ref: 30956

Nether Dallachy, near Spey Bay, Moray

£241-£681

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Enjoying a peaceful hamlet location, Shedend is situated a mile from Spey Bay where you can spot wildlife or enjoy the beach.
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Isla Bank Cottage ref: SF17

Keith, Moray

£243-£590

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The end cottage of a terrace of three, Isla Bank Cottage lies in Keith, an agricultural centre of the Whiskey Trail.
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The Shempston Experience - Cottage 1 ref: UK5829

Duffus, near Elgin, Moray

£593-£1127

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Enjoy a family break exploring the historic coastal town of Banff, and Lossiemouth with two beautiful sandy beaches and ideal for water sports enthusiasts.
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The Old Net Store ref: W41356

Portknockie, near Buckie, Moray

£261-£730

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This detached fisherman’s cottage has been renovated to provide attractive accommodation and lies close to the coast of Portknockie.
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Spey Bay Lodges - Beach Breeze ref: UK5796

Spey Bay, near Fochabers, Moray

£579-£1520

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Nature lovers will love this beautiful location, from wildlife and bat tours to discover, to minke whale, dolphins and seals to spot.
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    2
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Firth View ref: UK5215

Kingston-on-Spey, near Fochabers, Moray

£413-£1176

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A traditional fisherman’s cottage with an enclosed garden just 50 yards from a beach, perfect for birdwatchers and other nature enthusiasts.
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    4
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Sea Yonder ref: UK5402

Buckie, near Cullen, Moray

£489-£906

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Situated right on the edge of the sea with amazing views, Sea Yonder occupies a breathtaking position in the Highlands of Scotland.
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Sandpiper ref: 30455

Cullen, near Buckie, Moray

£0-£809

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Located just yards from the beach, this is perfect for a coastal holiday close to the Highlands.
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Salty Dog ref: UK5079

Findochty, near Buckie, Moray

£589-£967

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A pretty, traditional fisherman’s cottage with views over the harbour, just a few minutes from the lovely beach at Findochty.
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Dolphin Bay House ref: UK5381

Cullen, near Buckie, Moray

£521-£997

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Situated on the Banffshire coast on the Moray Firth and with fantastic walking opportunities, Dolphin Bay House is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts.
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Oystercatcher Cottage ref: SKKB

Cullen, Moray

£374-£811

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Oystercatcher Cottage, a traditional fisherman’s cottage sits in the old sea town of Cullen, and close by to the quaint harbour.
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Yardie ref: UK5839

Buckie, Moray

£340-£824

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Just 300 yards from Buckie’s beach, this terraced house is a great base from which to explore coastal towns or the Whisky Trail.
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    3
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Courtyard Cottage ref: CC511481

Fochabers, Moray

£459-£742

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This comfortable two bedroom holiday cottage is adjacent to Gordon Castle and all its rooms look out onto the castle garden.
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