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Elgin is a large town and could easily be a base for a holiday. It is the administrative and commercial centre of Moray and the town was first recorded in charter in 1151. The town’s economy is dependant on tourism and whisky, as well as the RAF and army which have bases in nearby Lossiemouth and Kinloss respectively. The ruins of the medieval cathedral are well worth a visit. Originally built in 1242, it was completely destroyed by fire in 1270, and the remains are those of the restored Cathedral. The wonderful Dr Gray’s hospital was built in 1819 and is a superb example of early 19th century architecture. If you have time you could visit Birnie Kirk (built in 1140) a few miles south of the town, or Pluscarden Abbey to the southwest which was built in 1230. We would recommend a visit to Glen Moray distillery in Elgin, which has long been a friend to Ride the North and to Johnstone's of Elgin if you more fond of Cashmere than Lycra. It's a great base for cycling. The coastal area is pretty flat but never dull, heading south to the heart of Speyside the scenery gets better and terrain gets tougher. It should be said that the town is one that has made commendable strides to be more bike friendly as, you see with the routes out of town towards Lossiemouth and Garmouth
If you are a day trip visitor to Elgin you can take the train (with bikes) from Aberdeen or Inverness. Parking is usually easy to find at Lossie Green Car Park (out in front on the Town Hall). Elgin has all you need as a base for a few days - a number of hotels, restaurants, cafes and things to do on a non cycling day.