Welcome to Lossiemouth!
We are delighted you are wanting to explore Lossiemouth!
You will find some suggested itineraries for day trippers, which should help you plan on the website www.lossiemouth.org > A Fine Day Out > Itineraries
There is also a leaflet full of useful information, you’ll find paper copies in the cottage.
A bit about Lossiemouth
As you’ll see from the map, there’s lots to see and do in Lossie. We have a mild micro-climate which makes this area milder and drier than anywhere else in Scotland with more sunshine hours. Also clear night skies and a northerly outlook with little light pollution make it a great spot to catch the northern lights!
We have two enormous sandy beaches, the only lighthouse on this coastline, pine woods full of squirrels, ospreys and wading birds in the estuary, regular sightings of dolphins, the only active RAF fast jet base in Scotland (see them come in low over the West Beach), an award-winning brewery and loads more! We’re on the Moray Coastal Trail and there are two easy cycle paths into Elgin (www.morayways.org.uk)
The East Beach is the huge sandy beach right in front of your cottage. Until recently, it was connected to the town by an old iron bridge and was always popular with visitors. In July 2019 the bridge was condemned, so there’s no pedestrian access, which has been very frustrating but the new bridge is due to open at the end of May 2022. See Lossie Bridge Updates for the latest progress.
Lossiemouth Must Sees
- Sunrise over East Beach – in the spring, it rises along the river and the reflections on the water can make amazing photos!
- Wander around Seatown, the original fishing village, which is where our cottages are. (There’s more on this in the Heritage Day Out on the website). https://www.lossiemouth.org/heritagedayout/
- Walk or cycle up the estuary into the woods and visit one of the many red squirrel hides https://goo.gl/maps/DFdz1k6xdxtg35qX7
- Hire a paddleboard or surfboard to have the whole East Beach to yourself. Donald Peace at the surf shack will help you out (details below).
- Walk along Prospect Terrace, best view in town.
- Eat an ice cream on the esplanade and fish and chips on the harbour wall.
- Walk along the marina (home to the excellent Harbour Lights!). You can go right round to the North Pier on the far side of the harbour mouth and climb to the top, if you’ve a good head for heights!
- Look out for the shellfish boats coming home. You might catch Stroma, skippered by Dan Flett, unloading. Dan’s wife Janice runs Deli-icious on Queen Street, selling fresh crabs and lobsters from the boat.
- Climb to the top of the lighthouse (only open at weekends usually or on appointment).
- Take a tour of the award-winning Windswept Brewing Co brewery and sample the beers.
- Walk along the West Beach at low tide, up to the lighthouse. Explore the caves under the lighthouse, once home to tinkers. https://www.lossiemouth.org/heritagedayout/
- Watch the Typhoon jets and larger P8s coming in low over West Beach https://www.lossiemouth.org/spottersdayout/
- West Beach sunsets are the best!
- West Beach is also the absolute best spot to aurora watch if the skies are dark, keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/aurorakel and download the Glendale app too https://www.facebook.com/GlendaleSkyeAuroras.
The following places are ones that we’d recommend. We’ve included names where appropriate, just Google for full contact details.
Eat & drink
- Harbour Lights, 5 Pitgaveny Quay, Lossiemouth Marina, IV31 6TW
- Breakfast/Brunch to sit in
- Lunch to sit in (or sit outside if the weather is good!) (including cocktails if you like!)
- Coffee & Cake sit in
- The Galley, Clifton Road – fish & chips takeaway – 63 Clifton Road, Lossiemouth IV31 6DP
There’s another chippy on Queen St, next to the Post Office.
- The Stotfield Hotel, Stofield Road – evening meals with a view
- The Salt Cellar, pizza and tapas, evening meal – 20 Clifton Road, Lossiemouth IV31 6DJ
- Twenty Nineteen Coffee – Coffee/Cake/lunch. 1 Covesea Links, Lossiemouth IV31 6SP (West Beach near lighthouse)
- Windswept Brewing Tap Room – craft ales, coffee and cake
- Deli-cious, Queen St – fresh seafood, sandwiches, picnic platters
- Macleman’s the butcher, Queen St – pies & butteries
- Ashers or McCleans – Bakery
- The Re:Store Moray, Queen St – fab zero waste shop, the only one in Moray. Alison the owner will be delighted to explain all!
- E-bike – Bike Revolution – Bike Rev on Shore St are a social enterprise renting, repairing, recycling bikes and much more. They also have e-bikes.
- Surfing – New Wave Surf School (Donald gives lessons)
- Paddleboarding – Aye Can (or just borrow the kit from Donald, above)
- Wild swimming – in front of the West Beach car park, or at the Lighthouse.
- Windswept Brewing Co, Coulardbank Industrial estate.
- Brewery tour and tasting
- Climb to the top of Covesea Lighthouse. Please arrange a day in advance, call Denise on 07966568949 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- A sound bath or meditation at The Healing Willow