Sailing, Cycling, Castles, Abbeys, Forest walks, Distilleries …….

Locally:

  • Beach- secluded, empty beaches, tall sanddunes in which to play hide and seek.
  • Powerboat and Sailing Courses on Findhorn Bay for adults and kids are now being held at Findhorn Marina.
  • Or you can take a trip with North 58 Sea Adventures, out onto the Moray Firth, and see dolphins, seabirds and other wildlife.
  • Lovely walks in Culbin, Roseisle, Randolphs Leap/Logie Steading, and up near Pluscarden also.
  • Findhorn Circular Walk – 4.5km walk around Findhorn, touching the bay, the Firth and ancient sand dunes. Link to map and route here.
  • Other nearby walks, see: http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/moray/nairn-forres.shtml

Castles etc:

Villages:

  • Lossiemouth- sit at cafe on quay, watching Tornadoes queing up to land, like cars entering car park.
  • Hopeman- lovely wee harbour with a tiny beach. Take a picnic.
  • Portsoy- bit of a drive, near Buckie, majestic ancient harbour.

Activities:

  • Aviemore (45 mins drive) offers all sorts of ‘extreme’ activities. Sled dog trails, canyoning, mountain biking, kayaking, climbing, climbing wall, and skiing. The best thing to do is call Aviemore Tourist Info Tel: 01479 810363.
  • Steam Railway at Aviemore – Boat of Garten is also great fun. You can walk along the Speyside way, and take the train back. http://www.strathspeyrailway.co.uk/
  • Landmark at Carrbridge (30 mins) is a great small adventure park in the woods. It has three big water slides which I loved. The kids did too. http://www.landmark-centre.co.uk/

Days out:

  • We recently took a drive to Cromarty on the Black Isle, then across the Nigg Ferry (smallest ferry in the UK) across the entrance to the Cromarty Firth. There is a Pictish Trail in Easter Ross, with a number of intriguing ancient carved stones.
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