So you are visiting Lossiemouth and are looking for things to do? You do not need to look very far because there are many activities to be undertaken. With the warm Gulf Stream air, Lossiemouth has a temperate climate, ideal for enjoying the many incredible sights and activities that are available.
For those visitors that are interested in immersing themselves in history, there are plenty of ancient ruins and examples of period architectures throughout the area in and around Lossiemouth. Whether you are wandering through the ruins of Spynie Palace or Duffus Castle, feeling very small among the majestic ruins of Elgin Cathedral’s octagonal chapter house, seeing the grandeur of Gordonstoun, or being awestruck by the magnificence of Pluscarden Abbey; you will feel the history that is radiates from these historic sites. Close your eyes and you can easily imagine how imposing these structures were in their day.
If you are a castle fan, there is a castle not far from Lossiemouth that is well worth making a day trip to visit. Built in the 16th century, Ballindalloch Castle is a family home that is open to the public for viewing. The gardens and grounds of Ballindalloch Castle are stunning. This historic castle is one of the Scotland’s few privately owned castles still occupied by the original family, the Macpherson-Grants. The estate has its own golf course, offers fishing and shooting packages, and has accommodations on the estate that start at £45.00. At very affordable prices to tour the castle and grounds, £18.00 for a family being the most expensive, this should be on your itinerary of things to do.
Lossiemouth can lay claim to beautiful beaches. West Beach is a 3-mile stretch that is guarded by the Covesea Lighthouse. This beach is a windsurfer’s dream, provided the wind is cooperating. Rocks however can make this area dangerous as they do present a hazard to windsurfers and boaters. By contrast, East Beach’s beautiful rolling dunes and stretches of sand are a tranquil setting. The dunes were artificially created using old railway cars place parallel to the both the sea and the River Lossie. Taking a picnic and enjoying a day of swimming and unwinding on East Beach is a splendid way to spend your time.
Hiking, walking and cycling are ideal ways to pass the time in this area. There are many trails and designated paths so you can enjoy coastal or countryside outings. There is even the Malt Whisky Trail so that you can visit some local distillers. Birdwatchers should have their binoculars and journals at hand as they will be sure to find many birds that fascinate them.
If being out on the water is more to your taste, there is no lack of fishing or dolphin watching opportunities. Moray Diving runs fishing charters and dolphin spotting runs. You can also visit The Moray Wildlife Centre at Spey Bay and watch the dolphins playing and seals sunning themselves.
Golf aficionados need not look far for a bit of links golf and a course to challenge them. The Moray Golf Club in offers two different courses that are challenging in their own right. The views that you have while golfing is pure bonus.
When you visit Lossiemouth, spend your time enjoying yourself and soaking in the character of the area. It is truly a jewel in northeastern Scotland.