This year, 2017, is Visit Scotland’s designated year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and whilst we regularly pay tribute to our whisky heritage, it is worth a mention that Moray has a rich and varied history too.
Elgin’s recent history has been brought to life with the Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere Heritage project which links Elgin’s historic castle hill (unfortunately the castle is no longer in evidence but a monument marks the spot) to Elgin’s cathedral and on to Johnston’s of Elgin – one of the top visitor places in Moray.
I say recent history as in terms of Moray, 400 years is a mere blink of an eye. From 3rd to 9th Centuries AD, Moray was part of the Northern Pictish nation. The Picts were not the wild savages portrayed by their adversaries, the Romans, but farmers, builders of hill-forts and who also had a creative side as can be seen in the jewellery and carved stonework some of which is displayed in Elgin museum and of course Sueno’s Stone on the outskirts of Forres.
Artefacts in Elgin’s the museum date back from the Bronze Age, roughly 3000 years ago and even from several hundred million years back in collection of fish and reptile fossils, from the sandstones quarried to build the town.
Interested in History, Heritage and Culture for 2017 – take an Ace Taxis Tour in Moray and we will help you explore all three and och yes all right we will add in a distillery ..after all, all that culture can create a right thirst!