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The Northern Scot

The Northern Scot is the biggest-selling weekly newspaper in the North of Scotland and covers the whole of Morayshire, including the city of Elgin, the towns of Forres, Keith and Lossiemouth and the smaller Speyside distillery towns. It’s a broadsheet in format.

It was founded in 1880 as the Moray and Nairn Express ( and Weekly (General) Advertiser for the Counties of Banff, Elgin and Nairn (Elgin, Nairn, Banff, Inverness, and the North.)) Ten years later it became the Moray and Nairn Express; The Northern Scot, but reversed the order to become the The Northern Scot and Moray & Nairn Express in 1897. It finally dropped the Moray & Nairn Express in 2011.

It’s based in Elgin and claims to be the main paper for Moray; it’s certainly the biggest newspaper specifically for Moray. It’s published by the Moray & Nairn Newspaper Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Scottish Provincial Press.

It has a companion freesheet, the Midweek Extra, which unlike the parent newspaper is a tabloid.

It comes out on Fridays. An e-edition’s also available by paid subscription.

  • Address:
  • The Northern Scot
    74-76 South Street
    IV30 1JG
  • Tel:
  • 01343 543534
  • Fax:
  • 01343 545629