Things to do
Findhorn and the surrounding area offer activities to suit many different tastes
Walkers can start directly from the cottage and reach in 10 minutes the Moray Coast Trail. Similarly, the Findhorn beach stretches for a couple of miles to Burghead and is a beautiful walk in all weathers. Nestled in the woods at Roseilse is a lovely picnic and barbecue area. There are many interesting walks in and near the neighbouring towns of Elgin and Forres, notably along the River Findhorn starting at Randolph’s Leap or Sluie. Culbin Forest at the other side of the bay is waiting to be discovered and is reachable by water taxi from the Findhorn Marina.
Nature lovers can watch the ospreys catching their fish supper in the Findhorn bay, the seals relaxing on the sand banks and, if you are very lucky, the dolphins swimming in the Moray Firth. Specialised dolphin watching tours by boat are available from Inverness and Nairn and Chanonry Point is a good land-based viewing point. The Dolphin Centre in Spey Bay near Fochabers provides a wealth of information on these fascinating marine mammals.
Water sports Stand up paddleboarding, sailing, wind surfing, kite surfing and canoeing are all activities that can be enjoyed in the expansive bay area.
Whisky connoisseurs can follow the Speyside whisky trail and learn how this iconic drink is produced at the visitors’ centres of the distilleries. World famous brands such as Glenlivet and Glenfiddich are included on the trail. Benromach distillery in Forres is reachable in 10 minutes by car.
Golf lovers can find interesting and challenging courses at Nairn, Castle Stuart, Cullen, Hopeman and Boat of Garden to name but a few.
Lovers of meditation or spiritual practice can visit the internationally famous Findhorn Foundation spiritual community and eco village which is open to visitors and offers day visitors guided tours, a vegetarian café, an organic food takeaway and a well-stocked health food and book store. The beautiful Universal Hall is a venue for films and many cultural events including music, dance theatre and talks. The Moray Arts Centre which is located at the Findhorn Foundation offers art courses and exhibitions.
Lovers of Scottish history will be spoiled for choice with Elgin Abbey, Elgin Museum, Sueno’s Stone, Brodie Castle, Pluscarden Abbey, Culloden and much more in close proximity.
Shoppers will find diverse purchasing opportunies close by such as the Johnston Cashmere Mill in Elgin (which is also home to a fine café and offers guided tours of the original cashmere mill). Logie Steading possesses a wide range of shops, café and gardening centre. Baxters Highland Village – manufacturers of jams and soups – and Walkers Shortbread are also worth a visit and last but not least Brodie County Fair which boasts a fine selection of food, clothing, furniture and a spacious café/restaurant.