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Two Moray villages in list of UK's poshest

By Lewis McBlane

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A LIST published by The Times has dubbed two Moray spots some of the UK's poshest villages.

Hopeman made the list on account of its "hipster hotspots".
Hopeman made the list on account of its "hipster hotspots".

Hopeman and Craigellachie were featured in The Times list of "modern, aspirational villages", released on Saturday, January 7.

The article says that the West Beach Caravan Park gives Hopeman a "cool glamour" and that the village is full of "hipster hotspots".

Explaining why Hopeman was mentioned, the article said: "Who’d have thought that a caravan park could bring cool glamour to a place?

"As well as offering Insta-worthy glamping wagons, the West Beach Caravan Park has also added a growing portfolio of hipster hotspots to the Scottish seaside village of Hopeman, catering to its hungry surfers and paddleboarders.

"There’s Bootleggers Bar & Grill, selling freshly caught seafood; the Salty Dog, a shepherd’s hut serving takeaways, frozen margaritas and its own gin; Dory the double-decker, a 1965 bus turned dining car; and the Bothy Bistro in nearby Burghead."

"You can also buy lobster direct from fishing boats in the harbour."

Author Fleur Britten gave Hopeman a three star posh rating, out of five.

The other Moray village to make the, apparently, well-heeled grade was Craigellachie.

Focussing mainly on the Speyside whisky industry, Ms Britten also highlighted the refurbished Craigellachie hotel.

She writes: "Speyside is to whisky what Épernay is to champagne, and at its heart is Craigellachie, where the Spey and Fiddich rivers meet.

"Home to two distilleries, with many more within a 20-mile radius, Craigellachie is a destination for chin-stroking over the water of life.

"But what really put it on the posh map was the arrival of the nightclub impresario Piers Adam (Mahiki, Whisky Mist) in 2014, who refurbished the historic Craigellachie Hotel, its hipster pub the Copper Dog, and the Quaich Bar, host to more than 800 fine whiskies."

Craigellachie received four posh stars out of five.

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