Out & About
Where Do We Start?
Kinloss makes an ideal base and starting point from which to explore further afield. There is a multitude of activities for both adults and children. Apart from walking, cycling, and swimming, there is also a golf course and horse riding nearby.
THE RIVER FINDHORN
There are few places in my life that I’ve found more ruggedly beautiful than the Highlands of Scotland. The place is magical - it’s so far north, so remote, that sometimes it feels like you’ve left this world and gone to another.
Julia London, Author
Places to see, things to do
Close to home is the renowned Findhorn village where there are plenty of opportunities such as boat trips across the bay to see the Dolphins, swimming, or just walking along the very long sandy beach. There are excellent restaurants and pubs serving good food with views across the bay. www.visitfindhorn.uk
Forres, 10 minutes away, boasts impressive parks and gardens containing outstanding floral sculptures. It is home to a number of craft shops and art galleries as well as pubs, restaurants and cafes. www.visitforres.scot
Kinloss, Aviation Museum
Situated in a relaxing rural environment just a few minutes drive from Brodie Castle, Brodie Countryfare has created one of the most pleasant shopping experiences in the North of Scotland, blending quality with a traditional Scottish welcome. As well as clothing, beauty products, gifts and home interiors, their food hall stocks the best of Scottish and Speyside produce including a vast array of shortbreads, preserves, and home bakes. Their deli tempts every taste including cheeses and homemade chocolates.
Just a 5 minutes’ drive away is Roseisle beach, where there are beautiful forests next to the beach, extending all the way to Burghead, a peaceful coastal village with ancient roots. Roseisle is popular with families and walkers and where the beach is safe for swimming. There is ample parking space and a hot/cold snack bar serving hot drinks and food. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/roseisle
Culbin Forest is just the other side of Forres. Culbin has a fascinating network of tracks to explore on foot or bike. Most of the forest is an RSPB reserve so great if you’re a keen birdwatcher. www.forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/culbin
If you are staying during the winter months there is the possibility of skiing in the Cairngorms which is just over an hour and twenty minutes from Kinloss. The drive to and through the Cairngorms is beautiful, passing through Grantown-on-Spey, a great place to visit on the way. www.visitcairngorms.com
The Malt Whiskey Trail
The Malt Whisky Trail is a uniquely immersive whisky experience — but the journey you’ll take along The Trail is about so much more.
As you embark along the road through malt whisky country, you’ll encounter a huge variety of sites to see and things to do.
You’ll find globally renowned textiles mills, cosy seaside cafes, and world-class outdoor pursuits.
A traditional Scottish Castle to visit nearby is Cawdor Castle which boasts three very different gardens. Each with its own history that generations of owners have transformed and extended. www.cawdorcastle.com
Landmark Forest Adventure
A day out at Landmark Forest Adventure Park for the children is well worth a visit in Scotland’s No 1 Theme Park. www.landmarkpark.co.uk
Logie steading visitor centre
This unique visitor centre and shopping village is set in the beautiful Findhorn valley. Logie Steading is home to artisan makers and retailers as well as the new ‘The Cafe’. Its beautiful setting offers plenty of opportunities to explore the Logie House Garden, the play park, and the spectacular walks along the River Findhorn.