The beach at Lossiemouth

About the area

The ancient cathedral city of Elgin is situated in the heart of Moray, famous for its splendid salmon fishing rivers, like the Findhorn and Spey, its beautiful glens which hide the locations of the many distilleries and the coastal forests. There are numerous golf courses in some of the most spectacular locations you’ll ever play, and for keen walkers, the Speyside Way provides the perfect way to fully appreciate the beauty of the Spey valley.

Golf and Fishing

For golfers Moray offers some of the most beautiful courses, whether you wish to play traditional links courses overlooking the Moray Firth or stay just a few miles inland and try some challenging parkland courses. Moray can provide you with both in some beautiful locations and just a short drive along the coast you can find Castle Stuart Golf Links – the home to the 2011 Scottish Open. By staying with the Sunninghill several courses in the Moray area will also grant a discount on your green fees. Contact us for more information.

With internationally famous rivers such as the Spey and Findhorn, Moray offers the perfect location for some of the finest salmon fishing in the world.  There are also several stocked lochs locally which offer locations for trout fishing.  If you’re not a seasoned angler with your own tackle or just want to try something new then rod hire is available at some locations for a modest fee.


The beach at Findhorn

The Sunninghill hotel is situated just 15 minutes from the beautiful Moray coastline with it historic harbours, miles of deserted sandy beaches and rugged coastline. The Moray Firth is also home to an abundance of sea life making it one of the Great Britain’s most important scientific sites for observing Whales and Dolphins. It is designated as a Special Area of Conservation by the EU making it one of the largest Marine Protection Areas in Europe. Pleasure cruises and specials Whale and Dolphin spotting trips are also available near by. More information can be found here.

Less than an hours drive south of Elgin is the Cairngorm National Park with some of the finest walking, climbing and skiing in Great Britain. If you don’t want to drive to the mountains, you can walk or cycle there along the very beautiful Speyside way. A route that winds through the countryside, along the river Spey, past its world-famous whisky distilleries, as you make your way towards Aviemore in the south. More information can be found here.


Moray is Malt Whisky country, with over half of the distilleries in Scotland situated within the Speyside region. This makes Elgin the perfect base to set out from to explore the distilleries and sample each of their individually unique drams. Follow the worled-famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside to seven working distilleries, including a fascinating cooperage and a historic distillery.

From Benromach to Dallas Dhu, a perfect time capsule of whisky-making; from Glen Moray to Strathisla, home and heart of Chivas Regal; from the Glen Grant distillery to the Speyside Cooperage where real coopers work with incredible speed and skill; from Glenfiddich to The Glenlivet and the Cardhu distillery, Scotland’s whisky trail signposts lead you through the picturesque lush countryside of Speyside, the world’s favourite malt whisky region. Visit the website here.


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The Cairngorms

Less than an hours drive south of Elgin is the Cairngorm National Park with some of the finest walking, climbing and skiing in Great Britain.


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