Out & About
One of the great things about Findhorn is that you can spend all your time enjoying the village without having to venture anywhere far. That said, you can very easily go slightly further afield to explore Moray and the Highlands. Here are a few of the things we love, just to whet your appetite.
Take a stroll along the foreshore to the beach on the bay, via the ice cream shop and then over the dunes to the main beach. At the right tide, you’ll see seals swimming at the entrance to the bay or lounging on the sand bars. Alternatively, get some provisions in from the village store or the Foundation shop for a barbecue at Roseisle Forest before walking through the trees to the beach.
A lazy lunch or tasty tea:
Try The Bakehouse Cafe for lunch or evening Pizzas on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday in the summer. Worth booking on 01309 691826
The Kimberley Inn is another favourite. There is something truly special about sitting on the terrace at the front of the pub with a pint watching the world go by.
The Captain’s Table at the marina is a great spot to stop on the way back from the beach for a tasty lunch sitting outside overlooking the boats.
The Phoenix Cafe at the Findhorn Foundation is a lovely spot. Tasty home made food, most of which is grown in the grounds of the Foundation.
And last but not least, The Seafood Cafe. A lovely sun trap, right next to the RFYC. Well worth dropping in for a meal or a drink.
Our girls love a trip to Chanonry Point to watch the dolphins. Get there an hour after low tide to have the best chance of seeing them. For more info go to http://www.moraydolphins.co.uk/ It's about 1hr 20 from Findhorn but worth the travel time. You could always combine it with a trip to the Black Isle Brewery or the village of Cromarty.
Fun for the little ones:
The Kinloss Farm shop has a great indoor play area and cafe for those slightly more inclement days. Brodie Castle has recently opened its Playful Garden with loads of outdoor fun to be had, a cafe and soft play area. The Loft at Kinloss is also great for the slightly older kids, with pottery, grass sledging, quad bikes, archery and laser tag. Morayvia is a hands-on aviation museum in Kinloss. Its only small, but there is plenty to do for young and old - especially if you like aircraft. Opening times vary dependent on the time of year. Its run by ex-RAF volunteers and is a fabulous way to spend a few hours.
Adventures on the water:
With the Royal Findhorn Yacht Club, Findhorn Marina, and the Moray Gig there are plenty of options to get out on the water. Check out their websites for how to get involved, hire equipment or find out about courses. If you fancy getting out on the Moray Firth, take a trip with North 58. They are based at the marina and have a range of trips that take you to see the wildlife and scenery of the Firth.
Walks and Hikes:
There are many walks and hikes in and around Findhorn. Closest in is the walk along Findhorn beach. We’ll never tire of this, in any season, any weather, any tide, any time of day (or night). Then there are walks along the River Findhorn at Logie Steading and Sluie Walks. Across the bay from Findhorn is the Culbin Forest - a great place for a walk or overnight camp. The Findhorn Marina run a water taxi service to get there. And slightly further afield are some munros to bag. Try Ben Wyvis - it's a fantastic walk with amazing views.
If you love golf, you are in for a treat. Within short distance there are some world class links golf courses and hidden gems. Check out Nairn, Castle Stuart, Moray (Old and New), Cullen, Hopeman, Boat of Garten, Granton-on-Spey, Kingussie, Royal Dornoch, Brora, Tain and Golspie…. to name but a few.
Channel Your Inner Creative:
Learn some new skills on a woodworking course run by Arron Sterritt at Logie Steading. Arron teaches green woodworking which is a traditional practice using fresh wood still full of sap allowing the tools to split, slice, shave and cleave through the wood with ease. Courses are very popular, so book early!
Findhorn is in a short hop from the distilleries of Speyside. Most of them do visits that provide a fabulous insight into the art of the distillers and give you a chance to sample a tot or two. Benromach is the closest to Findhorn, but there are many more worth a visit - The Glenlivet, Cardhu, The Macallan, Glenfiddich, Glen Moray are just a few…..