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Spynie Palace

Residence of the bishops of Moray

Spynie Palace

For five centuries until 1686, Spynie Palace was the residence of the bishops of Moray.

The beauty of the surroundings and the substantial wildlife and birdsong make the Palace a wonderful place to visit.


  • Mighty David’s Tower – the largest tower house by volume surviving in Scotland.
  • The corbels in the great hall – hinting at the structure’s former grandeur.
  • The site of the old cathedral – walk across to Spynie Kirk (not in HS care) and locate the gravestone of James Ramsay MacDonald, Labour’s first Prime Minister.
Green Tourism Award - Gold


Region – North and Grampian
Postcode: IV30 5QG

Opening arrangements

Summer only
1 April - 30 September, Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun, 9.30am to 5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

Admission prices

Adult £4.50, Child £2.70, Concession £3.60

Joint ticket with Elgin Cathedral available
Adult £7.20, Child £4.40, Concession £5.80

Events at Spynie Palace

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1 September 2015

Weaving the Unicorn exhibition

Stirling Castle

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The Other Mary Exhibition

Stirling Castle

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And Yet it Stands

Stirling Castle

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Jack Vettriano Exhibition

Duff House

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Wandering Home - an exhibition by Thomas Joshua Cooper

Glasgow Cathedral

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Rebels and Redcoats

Edinburgh Castle

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King George's Heilan Men

Fort George

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