Hopeman Visitor Information Guide

  • Hopeman Latitude 57.7062° N Longitude -3.4348° W 
  • Hopeman Postcode IV30  
  • Hopeman WOEID 23859
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Hopeman Moray, the small harbour some 6 miles north west of Elgin is occasionally in the public eye through its use for the sailing and other activities of the boys, royal and otherwise, of Gordonstoun school, but all though its visible fishing fleet maybe confined to a few lobster boats, there are many Hopeman fishermen in bigger craft on other fishing grounds.

The village was founded by William Young of Inverugie. who also introduced deep ploughing, which converted his sandy estate to rich agricultural land.

The harbour was built later by Admiral Archibald Duff of Drummuir, and much more recently an Elgin distiller, lnnes Cameron, gave the town clock in the tower of the parish church, the playing fields and the paddling pool. Hopeman stone a golden freestone, quarried at Greenbrae to the west of the village, has been used extensively by the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board for power stations and housing, and other popular building stone is found at Clashach.

The fertile agricultural land farther inland was secured by draining the Loch of Spynie, which in ancient times stretched from Lossiemouth to Burghead in the 18th cent.

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