BWS issue 36 November December 2015 - Page 21

Aberdeen business news drifting down the valley. A visit during one of their many daily services is punctuated with the harmonic tones of Gregorian Chant and the smell of incense. Moray is also an excellent base from which to explore the Highlands. On the edge of the Cairngorms National Park, an hour from Loch Ness and the Highland capital Inverness and well served by bus, train and air links to the rest of the UK and beyond. Morayshire boasts one of the most favourable climates in Scotland. With less than 26 inches of annual rainfall it is drier than Eastbourne on the south coast of England and has more winter sunshine than London! Temperatures are almost 2% above the Scottish average. Things to do Morayshire boasts a wide range of tourist facilities. Sandy beaches, soaring hills and fertile low-lands offer unparalleled opportunities for biking, ski-ing, fishing, field sports and golf. World famous golf courses such as Nairn West, Castle Stuart, Royal Dornoch and Moray are within easy reach, with smaller local courses also offering challenging and scenic opportunities. The legendary Whisky Trail is on the doorstep, with many outstanding Speyside distilleries a short drive away. BUSINESS WOMEN SCOTLAND 19 Local whisky specialists Gordon and McPhail in Elgin are well worth a visit to stock up on your favourite tipple. The renowned salmon rivers the Spey, Findhorn and Nairn are within easy reach, and they have contacts with local sporting agents should you wish them to enquire about fishing lets on your behalf. The mild climate and fertile farmlands mean that Morayshire is home to many world famous names in food production, such as Baxter’s of Speyside and Walkers of Aberlour as well as many smaller speciality producers. There are many fine local restaurants showcasing the best of Scotland’s larder. The Moray Firth is one of the best places in Britain to see dolphins (and occasionally whales) with regular boat trips from a number of little harbours along the coast. Each cottage is supplied with extensive visitor information packs suggesting days out, pleasant local walks and must-see attractions. The owners are happy to assist in the booking and reservations. n For further information and bookings, contact; www.pluscardencrofts.co.uk t: 01343 890394 e: pluscardencrofts@outlook.com