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For other places with the same name, see Elgin (disambiguation).
Elgin's high street

Elgin is the county town of Moray in north-east Scotland, best known for its ruined cathedral which made it a "city". Together with nearby Lossiemouth it's the service town for two nearby RAF bases.

The "Elgin Marbles" have only the most tenuous connection with this place. It was the 7th Earl of Elgin who in the early 19th century removed (or looted or legally purchased or rescued from destruction, take your pick) many friezes and sculptures from the Acropolis in Athens - they're now in the British Museum. But the family residences were in Fife and elsewhere, and none of the Earls of Elgin lived here.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Elgin is on the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road, which runs through the middle of the city.

By bus[edit]

Elgin Bus Station is on the A96 in the town centre. The town is fairly well served with the hourly 10 service which connects Aberdeen and Inverness via the A96 corridor. There are also buses serving the various communities such as Lossiemouth, Burghead etc. which all depart from the bus station.

By train[edit]

1 Elgin station is just south of the town centre. Trains are available to all stations on the Aberdeen to Inverness line, there is no set frequency of trains though, as a rough guide, trains are between 1 and 2 hours apart in each direction.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Elgin city bus services depart from the bus station and bus routes will be found around the city.

By taxi[edit]

This is probably the most efficient form of transport after hours, as most bus services cease or become less frequent at about 7PM. You won't be expected to pay a great deal for a taxi by UK standards as Elgin is rather small and routes are very direct.

Ruins of the cathedral


  • 1 Elgin Cathedral. Apr - Sep: daily 9:30AM to 5.30PM; Oct - Mar: daily 10AM to 4PM. Ruins of a cathedral dating from 1224. £5.50. Elgin Cathedral (Q922690) on Wikidata Elgin Cathedral on Wikipedia
  • 2 Elgin Museum, 1 High Street, IV30 1EQ, +44 1343 543675. Apr - Oct: M-F 10AM to 5PM, Sa 11AM - 4PM. Contains local history, archaeology, fossils and watercolours. donation. Elgin Museum (Q30601012) on Wikidata Elgin Museum (Moray) on Wikipedia
  • 3 Spynie Palace (2 miles north of Elgin). Apr - Sep: daily 9:30AM - 5:30PM. Bishop's palace from the late 12th century. Spynie Palace (Q1127580) on Wikidata Spynie Palace on Wikipedia
  • Gordon Castle is ten miles east of Elgin, in Fochabers. Highland Games are held here in mid-May.


  • 1 The Glen Moray Distillery, Bruceland Road (West of town, South of the A96), +44 1343 550900. Tours M-F 9:30AM, 11AM, 12:30PM, 2PM and 3:30PM; May-Sep: Sa 10:30AM, noon, 1:30PM and 3PM. Whisky distillery just west of town. £5 (including tour and tasting). Glen Moray distillery (Q982841) on Wikidata Glen Moray distillery on Wikipedia
  • Watch football (i.e., soccer). Elgin City play in Scottish League Two, the fourth tier of football in Scotland. Their home ground is Borough Briggs, capacity 4500, just north of town centre.


Plenty of shops on the High Street.



Pubs and clubs are mainly found in the city centre. The most popular are:

  • Johannas NightClub.
  • Downtown USA Nightclub.
  • The Granary Nightclub.
  • The Cooperage.
  • Diceys Bar.
  • The Muckle cross (JD Wetherspoon's).


  • Eight Acres Hotel, Morriston Road, IV30 6UL, +44 1343 543077, . The hotel offers restaurant and leisure facilities about ten minutes walk to the west of the town.
  • Laichmoray Hotel.
  • Mainsfield Hotel.
  • Sunninghill Hotel.
  • Mansion House Hotel.
  • Premier Inn.

Go next[edit]

  • Elgin us a good base for exploring the many distilleries of the Speyside whisky region, and the county of Morayshire.
  • It's also midway between the cities of Inverness and Aberdeen, each around an hour's drive away.
  • On the Moray Firth coast there are opportunities for dolphin-watching, and you can visit the strange Findhorn Foundation - a 1960s new age community which has become into an ecological living centre, complete with self-built houses, circular meditation room, and wind turbines.
  • Lossiemouth is a few miles north on the coast.
  • Forres is to the west.

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