Lossiemouth is referred to as "The Jewel of Moray" and is a definite jewel as a seaside holiday location. The town boasts two beautiful beaches. The West beach has two very fine golf courses, a picturesque harbour and many other attractions. The West beach passing the landmark of the Covesea Lighthouse is some three miles long. History has it that a hermit lived in a cave on this beach and would walk the headland waving a torch to warn ships away from the dangerous rocks of the Covesea and Halliman Skerries. He became known as St Gerardine and the red roofed church on top of the hill is named St Gerardines. Lossiemouth is superb for sailing so take a boat trip and catch a glimpse of the Moray Firth dolphins and other marine and bird life. There is a resident population of Bottlenose dolphins in excess of 140 animals making this the largest population in the North Sea. These animals are much larger than individuals of the same species in warmer waters. Sea angling is also available. Visitors can enjoy long walks, spectacular scenery and beautiful sandy beaches. There are more restaurants, bars and entertainment venues than would be expected in a town of this size. There are also a few local shops and a medium sized supermarket.
The Moray Golf club. The old course is considered to be one of the finest links courses in Scotland. The 12 bay driving range looks towards the lighthouse, is covered and has the latest electric pop up tees. There is a 3 par 9 hole pitching put for family fun and a PGA professional can be booked for lessons. The golf dedication centre has the best stocked golf shop in Moray. This is a must for golfers visiting the area.
The Warehouse Theatre at Pitgaveny Quay is one of the very few venues hosting music, theatre and comedy in the North East of Scotland. With a wood burning stove and exciting atmosphere there is no better place to sit and enjoy entertainment on a cold night.
Lossiemouth is also home to the RAF and there are numerous vantage points to see the Tornado aircraft of the famous Dambuster Squadron, 617, and 12 Bomber and XV Reserve. This station is also home to a flight of the iconic Yellow Sea King rescue helicopters and are a regular sight along the Moray coast and in the Highlands. From the end of 2013 Typhoon aircraft will move here.
Six miles away is Elgin with its beautiful cathedral and is host to world famous Johnstons Cashmere Centre. There is also a leisure centre with ice rink, bowling alley and cinema.
Johnstons Cashmere Visitor Centre and Shop. Independently run since 1797,
Johnstons has been making beautiful knitwear, clothing and accessories from the most luxurious wool known to man for over two centuries. At our mill on the banks of the River Lossie in Elgin we still produce all our woven accessories, homewares and much more.
Moray stretches from the peaks of the Cairngorms down to beautiful fishing villages and beaches. Most of the landscape is dominated by the magnificent River Spey. Moray and Speyside is the home of whisky, in fact home to around half of the distilleries in Scotland and has the highest concentration of distilleries in the world. The "Whisky Trail" includes such famous names as, The Glenlivit, Glenfiddich, The Macellan, Cragganmore, Glen Grant and many more. Start off at Elgin's own Glen Moray distillery then wind your way through some of the highlands spectacular scenery and attractive villages and towns as you visit any or all of the distilleries along the way. In April/May look out for the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival - whisky, music, food and fun. It features around two hundred events over four and half days, ranging from a formal opening gala, exclusive whiskey dinners to in depth tours of distilleries not normally open to the public, to more family orientated events such as cruises in search of "whisky" the dolphin and scenic train trips through the whisky heartland with the Keith and Dufftown railway.
Fort George (historical Scotland).
Fort George sits behind its massive grass topped artillery defenses on an isolated piece of land jutting west into the Moray Firth at Arderseir, about 25 miles west of Elgin. Conceived after the 1745 uprisings and the defeat of Bonnie Prince Charlie at nearby Culloden. Fort George was intended to be a solution to the threat posed by the highlanders, the Jacobities in particular. Fort George continues in use and is still operational as an army barracks today.
Visiting Culloden, the last hand to hand battle fought on British soil takes on a whole new meaning with the opening of an exciting new visitor centre and interactive exhibition. The battlefield itself is now restored as close as possible as that marched on by the two sides on that fateful day. Come and find out why this battle that only lasted one hour changed the way of life of the Highlands and Islands forever.
Inverness "the Capital of the North" is roughly 43 miles away, just over one hours journey. This fine city boasts a host of historic buildings. You can browse city shops from the Victorian Market to the award winning Eastgate Centre. Take a stroll to beautiful Inverness Castle and to St Andrews Cathedral, these both dominate the River Ness and is one of the most beautiful riverside settings in Britain. Take an open topped bus ride round the city or a gentle cruise down the Caledonian Canal to the world famous Loch Ness. The Loch Ness Monster is just one of the many myths and legends to be discovered in this beautiful part of Scotland.
On the way to Inverness is Brodie, 21 miles from Lossiemouth, about half way to Inverness. There you will find Brodie Castle, the castle was damaged by fire in 1645 but was later re-built. Today you can visit in the interior with its unusual plaster ceilings and see french furniture, paintings, European and Chinese porcelain, Japanese artifacts, toys and much more. there are many rooms to visit on several floors so you will need to allow a good hour to look round. There is a gift shop. A little further on there is Brodie Country Fare which has a wide range of Scottish gifts, woman's wear, men's wear, children's wear, toys and a wonderful delicatessen and food hall. There is also an award winning family restaurant, every dish freshly prepared using only the finest ingredients from the natural larder of the North East of Scotland.
Cawdor Castle, on the back road to Culloden Moor is a superb "fairy tale" castle and is just what every visitor is looking for.......Scottish history that you can see and sense for yourself. Cawdor Castle is not just a cold monument but a splendid house and home to the Cawdor family to this day. Cawdor a magical name and romantically linked to Shakespeare with Macbeth. Along with three gardens, the Cawdor Big Wood and the nine hole golf course, Cawdor is a truly extraordinary place.
The above is only a small taster of all the wonderful places to visit in this part of Scotland.
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