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Cawdor Castle, Forres, Ben Romach Distillery, Pictish Stones, Witch’s Stone, Fishing Villages, Viking & Pict Fortress and Medieval Cathedral.
Suggested times: 8-9 hours.
The Moray Tour from Inverness
On the Moray Tour from Inverness, firstly we’ll visit either the 14th c. Cawdor Castle, home of the Thane of Cawdor mentioned by the Three Witches in Shakespeare’s play. You’ll hear about the real King Macbeth, probably the most famous king in the world, made famous by William Shakespeare! Once the powerful ‘Mormaer’ or Governor of Moray, Macbeth later became the King of Alba (northern Scotland) as it was known in the 11th century.
We’ll visit some of the places with which he was connected, and we’ll learn of the fate of Moray’s most famous witches, their tormentors and some of the dark truths which lay behind this mid-17th century phenomena. One option is to visit the family-run, artisan Speyside whisky distillery, Ben Romach, on the edge of historic Forres. This medieval town is mentioned in ‘Macbeth’ as being the location of King Duncan’s castle.
We’ll take time to visit ancient carved Pictish Stones including the amazing Sueno’s Stone, certainly the tallest and one of the finest examples of a 9thcentury carved stone in Scotland.
You can then choose:
On the Moray Tour, you can then choose between either Findhorn Village, a once thriving fishing village and port with an outstanding beach or Burghead. Once one of the region’s largest Pictish and Viking strongholds, with wonderful views out across the Moray Firth. You might even see dolphins form this cliff-top viewpoint.
Or you might choose to visit the internationally famous Findhorn Foundation’s eco-village, with its many fascinating examples of this alternative community’s eco-architecture.
Continuing on the Moray Tour, we’ll then drive along Moray’s beautiful coast to visit the place where Macbeth killed Duncan near Elgin, followed by the magnificent ruin of the ‘Lantern of the North’ – Elgin’s still impressive 13th century Cathedral ruins. A short walk round the pleasant county town of Elgin with its fine examples of medieval, Georgian and Victorian architecture.