Tourist Attractions near The Loft

Beaches

Findhorn

4 miles, Peaceful little village ideal for a great relaxing day trip with miles of beaches and sand dunes to explore, the bay is also popular for various water sports.

There are cafes, pubs and ice-cream available here too so well worth a day trip.

Findhorn also has a Marina where you can enjoy a variety of water sports.

At the Marina North 58* also offers dolphin, whale and nature spotting sea excursions, well worth a visit!

Findhorn is also home to the Findhorn Foundation Eco Village and Community which offer tours and access to events, shopping, organic food and cafes.

Roseile Beach

4 miles, Roseile Beach stretches for nearly eight miles from Findhorn in the west to Burghead in the east. Roseile has both beach and forest to enjoy with Forestry Commission trails through the forest and a long stone and sand beach to explore and relax. The forest area also has a play park and BBQ area and picnic benches to enjoy food and fun while you relax for a day at the beach.

Lossiemouth

10miles, Lossiemouth has 2 fantastic beaches, the East Beach and the West Beach, sandy beaches with dunes and rock pools, a great place to spend hours of beach fun.

A fun beach for surfing and taking part in surf lessons that are available here with New Wave Surf School.

Ice- cream, pizzeria, bars, restaurants, sweetie shops and fish and chips are available too.

Golf Courses

Forres Golf Club

Forres has its own great golf course, designed by James Braid and Willie Park the course has been host to the Northern Open 2000 and the Scottish professional championship.

Kinloss Country Golf Course

1 mile, a 9 hole parkland course with spectacular views across the Moray Firth.

Hopeman Golf Course

7 miles, one of the most demanding links courses in the North of Scotland.

Distilleries

We are on the Scottish Malt Whisky Trail!

Moray Speyside is home to the only Malt Whisky Trail in the World. See more information on Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail:

  • Benromach
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Dallas Dhu
  • Scotch Whisky Distillery

Historic Sites

Moray offers a wide and interesting range of attractions and historical interests.

Suenos stone, Forres

  • 4miles

Brodie Castle

  • 8miles

Cawdor Castle

  • 20 miles

Culloden Moor

  • 23miles

Elgin Cathedral

  • 8 miles

Loch Ness

  • 40miles

Festivals

The local area hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year including the Findhorn Bay Festival (art and music festival), The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, The Forres Walking Festival and The European Pipe Band Championships (Piping @ Forres).

Great Food

Forres Restaurants

There are plenty of options for both dining out and takeaway in the Forres area, choose from Thai, Italian, Chinese, Indian or modern & Traditional Scottish Cuisine.

Kinloss, 2 miles

The Abbey Inn

Findhorn, 4 miles

The Kimberley

The Crown and Anchor

The Bakehouse

The Blue Angel Café

Forres, 8 miles

Kristoffs

The Red Lion (locally known as The Beastie)

The Mosset Tavern

The Ramnee Hotel

Live Music

The Universal Hall, Findhorn, 4 miles

  • The Universal Hall hosts a variety of events and performances throughout the year.

The Beastie, Forres, 4 miles

  • The Beastie is a lovely feel good pub and is a popular with the locals, check out their Facebook for when they have live music.

The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin, 8 miles

  • The Drouthy is a small and popular music venue and eatery, popular with a trendy young crowd and serving great food and a variety of local whisky, craft ales and gins.

Paintball & Whitewater Rafting

Ace Adventure

  • Logie, 12 miles

Forest Walks

  • Culbin Forest
  • Roseile Forest

Bike Trails

There are several bike trails and mountain biking trails locally in Forres (Sanquar Woods), Culbin, Fochabers (Winding Walks) and lots of cycle routes.

Shopping

  • Logie Steading offers a full day out of gardens, riverside walks, food, coffee, cakes and shopping. With a wide selection of interests from art gallery, antique books, craft and jewellery as well as a great whisky and gin shop.

  • Based at Fochabers, Baxter’s of Speyside are internationally renowned for their soups and jams. Free guided tours at the visitor centre.
  • Johnstons of Elgin are the famous cashmere specialists and offer tours of their mill as well as great cakes and lunches and a beautiful shop stacked with truly luxurious and desirable cashmere.
  • Brodie Country Fayre between Nairn and Forres has all sorts of gifts and clothes, plus a delicatessen and restaurant.
  • Gordon and MacPhail offer all you could want in terms of locally made whisky and lovely food.
  • Knockando Woolmill, heritage site and weaving museum where fantastic Scottish tweeds can be seen being woven.
  • Forres shops, Forres High Street has all you will need in terms of food provision during your stay, with supermarkets and local butchers as well as coffee shops and cafes and pubs and gift shops.