Elgin is the administrative capital of Moray as well as the shopping and entertainment centre. There are many points of interest for the visitor including Elgin Cathedral, St Giles Church, Johnston's Woollen Mill Visitor Centre, Glen Moray Distillery and the Biblical Gardens. Elgin has many famous visitors. Daniel Defoe was an admirer and Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at Thunderton House before the battle of Culloden. Elgin is a lively base from which to visit and tour the rest of Moray. Population 20829.
Designed around the shape of a Celtic cross, the Biblical Gardens sit behind a wall to the side of Elgin Cathedral. You can walk around identifying the plants mentioned in the bible and look at the statues depicting scenes from the parables.
Cooper Park is a short walk from the centre of Elgin and remains an important part of the community. Boats are available for hire in the summer months on Cooper Park pond. The other side has a well equipped play park, bird aviary and bowling green. There are tennis courts and a great pitch and putt course.
Elgin Cathedral is one of the iconic buildings in Moray and makes an impressive sight especially walking towards it from Cooper Park. It is one of Moray’s most popular tourist attractions. Parts of the Cathedral date to the early 13th Century. Although partly ruined, it's still possible to climb one of the towers and enjoy views out over Elgin.
Elgin Museum can be found at the East end of the High Street beside the old market cross. Visitors can view informative displays giving an overview of Moray including agriculture and commercial history. Of particular note are the Pictish stones and ancient Coracle (small round boats) used for fishing.
The library acts as an occasional Art Gallery with frequent exhibitions by local artists, woodworkers and photographers throughout the year. Elgin museum also has temporary exhibitions. The main art gallery is Moray Art Centre in Findhorn.
Ladyhill with its column dedicated to the Duke of Gordon dominates the Western part of the town. It is worth the steep climb up steps (from opposite the Postal Sorting Office) for the view over Elgin. There are a few remains of Elgin castle on the top of the hill.
Millbuies Country Park is one of Moray's hidden gems. There is a walk around a tranquil loch with a mix of pine and deciduous trees and wildlife. The loch is stocked with rainbow trout and it is possible to spend the day fly-