The Laich of Moray
From dinosaur fossils to barley for whisky
The Laich of Moray is the rich agricultural coastal plain in Moray. Laich is a Scots word meaning low-lying land. The generally accepted area covered by the term ‘Laich of Moray’ is from Fochabers to Brodie and also includes the towns of Elgin, Forres, Lossiemouth, Burghead, Hopeman and Lhanbryde. The Laich includes 30,000 acres of productive farmland and some spectacular coastal scenery with plenty of opportunities to view passing dolphins and the occasional whale.
The evolution of this cultural landscape – a setting which still underpins life in Moray – is the story of people and place: geological change through millennia and the interaction of people and landscape over centuries of human settlement and environmental change.