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A Leisurely Local Day Out

This is a great introduction to our local area, perhaps ideal for your first day with us as you get your bearings.

Why not start your day by picking up the morning papers (and maybe stocking up on local bread rolls, eggs etc) at Duffus Village shop. Take a short stroll up the tree lined lane beside the shop, signed towards Gordonstoun School, and explore the pretty ruins of St Peters Kirk. The roofless church is nestled in woodland and you can still see the 14th century tower and 16th century porch. It was burned by Edward I in 1298.

Then, head south for 1 mile to Duffus Castle. This is one of the finest examples of a motte and bailey castle in Scotland and was the original seat of the Moray family, ancestors of the Dunbars. It is free to visit and you can get fantastic views over the local countryside as well as over Old Duffus Farmhouse.

(If you are staying at Old Duffus Farmhouse it would perhaps be more appropriate to visit the castle first before heading up into Duffus village to explore St Peters Kirk).

Jump into the car and head into Elgin for a spot of lunch at Johnston’s Woollen Mill. This 5 star visitor attraction has something for everyone - café serving gorgeous homemade snacks and lunches, food hall selling a lovely range of Scottish treats, heritage centre, homeware collection, and of course, its superb collection of cashmere and woolen clothing for the whole family.

If you still have time left in the day after Johnstons why not take a leisurely stroll down to the awe inspiring ruins of Elgin Cathedral, you can either visit the cathedral or continue your walk through into Cooper Park. This is well maintained peaceful park has play and picnic areas, a duck pond complete with pedalos, pitch and putt and is also home to Elgin Library which has Tourist Information and internet access.