Four-year wait ends as work commences on Elgin trail next week

Pathway to Ladyhill starts next week (pic: Moray Council)
Pathway to Ladyhill starts next week (pic: Moray Council)

WORK WILL BEGIN next week on the first phase of a long awaited heritage project aimed at increasing tourism to Elgin.

The Castle to Cathedral project was first announced four years ago when the Forres-based chartered architect and heritage consultant Andrew Wright was appointed to undertake an extensive research and development project study into the plan.

Ultimately directed at creating a heritage trail linking the key historical sites and buildings in Elgin, initial funding for the project came from Moray Council and Elgin Bid with backing from the Elgin Fund, Moray Society and Historic Scotland. It is also being backed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Now work is to begin on the first elements of the trail, an all-abilities path to the summit of Ladyhill where a monument to the 5th Duke of Gordon looks over the town.

Ladyhill is also the site of the ruins of Elgin Castle – the starting point of the Castle to Cathedral to Cashmere heritage trail.

The project is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and will link the ruined castle with the town’s most famous landmark – Elgin Cathedral – and the world-famous Johnstons cashmere centre.

The new access route on Ladyhill is expected to be completed by late summer