With the imposing ruins of its medieval cathedral standing witness to its often turbulent history Elgin is, and has been for centuries, Moray’s principal settlement.  It is the main administrative centre and is the economic, commercial, industrial and social hub of Moray.  A city and royal burgh, Elgin was granted its charter by David I in 1136 and became a cathedral city in the early 13th century. Although the cathedral was razed to the ground in 1340 by the marauding Wolf of Badenoch, the shell of the building remains Elgin’s most impressive landmark

Elgin’s bustling town centre, with St Giles’ Church at its heart, was pedestrianised in the mid 1990s and is Moray’s busiest shopping centre. The central area is characterised by a series of historic pends – or closes – which run at right angles off the High Street.  Within only a few minutes’ walk of the town centre is Elgin’s jewel in the crown, the Cooper Park which, with its boating pond and acres of parkland, has been popular with generations of local people and visitors.