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Enter the largest surviving medieval bishop’s house in Scotland – residence of the bishops of Moray for 500 years. Royalty travelling in the area sometimes used the palace as a guesthouse.

What to see and do

  • Marvel at the mighty David’s Tower – the largest tower house by volume to survive in Scotland
  • Spot the coats of arms of all three bishops who had a hand in building the tower house
  • Look up at the corbels in the great hall – they hint at the grandeur of days gone by
  • See the gun holes Bishop Hepburn had put in place just before the Protestant Reformation of 1560
  • Enjoy the beauty of Spynie’s surroundings – complete with wildlife and birdsong
  • Walk to the site of the old cathedral and see the burial place of James Ramsay MacDonald, Labour’s first Prime Minister
  • Take our fun fact-finding quiz (also in Doric) while exploring the palace. Available on site
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