Adventures and Wildlife On Your Doorstep
Moray has been voted in the top 20% of places to live in Scotland for quality of life. It’s 35 miles of beautiful, picturesque beaches also featured in the top 12 ‘most beautiful and unspoiled’ globally! (according to MyMoray, 2023)
Explore Beaches, Woods and Hills
In Moray you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor adventures. From miles of stunning sandy beaches, to ancient woodlands and a wide variety of hill walks, there’s something to suit every family member including children and your four-legged friends!
Lossiemouth itself has a choice of two beautiful beaches – West Beach and East Beach. With plenty more to enjoy just a short drive away in the surrounding towns. The Moray Way is a popular picturesque coastal walk that joins Hopeman and Burghead, and is perfect for a family bike ride.
From the Winding Walks in Fochabers, to Culbin Forest near Forres, there’s a wide variety of woodlands to explore. Why not take a trip to the Quarry Woods and see if you can spot the remarkable reptile and fish fossils.
Ben Rinnes, Ben Aigan and the Bin of Cullen are a few of the most popular local hill walks. The Cairngorm National Park is within easy reach of Moray and has many Munro’s and hill’s to be explored near Glenmore and Aviemore. (Make sure you are suitably prepared if you wish to take on some of the more challenging routes).
Moray is also a great location to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Lossiemouth West Beach is one of the best local viewing spots.
Outdoor Sports in Moray
The fabulous outdoor lifestyle on offer in Moray means you can try your hand at lots of fun sports.
Wild swimming and Paddle Boarding (SUP), can be enjoyed at most of the wonderful beaches. You can even hire a paddle board from the station gym or join the local club.
Lossiemouth also has its own surf school, with classes suitable for all ages. Outfit Moray are based in Lossiemouth too and offer a wide range of activities and excursions – it’s a great option for children and teens to enjoy the outdoors.
If you’re after something with a bit more adrenaline, then Mountain Biking could be for you. There are lots of great routes in the local area to explore.
Moray is also well located to enjoy the winter snowsport seasons at The Lecht and the Cairngorm Mountain.
Local Sports Clubs
There is a vibrant sports community throughout Moray. With many Golf clubs to challenge you and a competitive local Football scene too.
Elgin City FC, Lossiemouth FC and Forres Mechanics are just some of the well known local clubs that take part in the Highland League and Scottish League 2.
Moray Rugby Club are close rivals to our own station Lossie Owls Rugby Club, who play in the Scottish Rugby League.
Moray is Home to Some Impressive Wildlife
If you’ve got a keen eye you will be able to catch a glimpse of some impressive wildlife too.
During part of the year Dolphins, Whales (including Orca) and Porpoise call Moray home. Frequent sightings of pods can be seen from most coastal areas and beaches. The Speybay Dolphin Centre is a great place to start if you’re looking to spot a Cetacean – Be sure to stop in the gift shop and cafe too!
A resident group of Seals can usually be found in Portgordon all year round. You might also see them sunning themselves on the rock formations off Lossiemouth West Beach too.
Not far away in the Cairngorm National Park you will find the UK’s only wild roaming herd of Reindeer. The Cairngorm Reindeer Centre offers daily treks where you can get up close to the deer and even feed them their favourite snack of Lichen.