Visitor Attractions near The Loft

Findhorn

4 miles, Findhorn is a 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 along the Moray Coast, 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.

Burghead

Burghead is a local fishing village with an interesting history of The Picts, the blue skinned warriors that inhabited the local area in times gone past!

Golf 

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.

Whisky Country & Distilleries & Gin Experiences

We are on the Scottish Malt Whisky Trail!

Moray Speyside is Scotland's Whisky Country. The local area boasts more than 60 distilleries in a 50 mile radius so is an essential visit for whisky lovers.

See more information on Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail, some distilleries are open for tours and tasting, booking in advance if often advised.

  • Benromach
  • Glenfiddich
  • Cardhu
  • Knockando
  • Glen Moray
  • Dallas Dhu
  • Glen Isla

.... and the list goes on!

There is also an annual whisky festival "Spirit of Speyside" which is worth investigating and holds not only whisky related tastings, tours and talks but music and other events.

Gin is also now a national love and Moray is home t some great local gins such as EL-Gin and Gordon Castles Botanics.

Historic Moray

Moray offers a wide and interesting range of attractions and historical interests as well as some local legends and historic tales 

Immerse yourself in history with a visit to Brodie Castle, the Macbeth castle and walk the trail of the Wolf of Baddenoch at Lochindorb and vist the home of the ancient Picts of Moray and don't forget Nessie just a short drive away at Loch Ness.

Brodie Castle

  • 8miles

Cawdor Castle

  • 20 miles

Culloden Moor

  • 23miles

Elgin Cathedral

  • 8 miles

Suenos stone, Forres

  • 4miles

Loch Ness

  • 40miles

Festivals

The local area hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year including:

The Findhorn Bay Festival (art and music festival) https://findhornbayarts.com

The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival https://www.facebook.com/WhiskyFestival/ 

The Moray Walking & Outdoor Festival https://www.moraywalkoutdoorfest.co.uk/ 

The European Pipe Band Championships (Piping @ Forres) https://pipingatforres.com/ 

Food

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

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.

Theatre

Check out whats on at Eden Court in Inverness who have a fantastic programme of touring theatre and events.

Leisure Centres

Swimming, ice-skating and leisure classes such as yoga and fitness classes are available at both Elgin and Forres so you can enjoy your gym time while away.

Paintball & Whitewater Rafting

Ace Adventure

  • Logie, 12 miles

Trampolining

Less than an hours drive away is the fantastic city of Inverness where you can enjoy great fun at Infinity trampolining.

Skate Parks

If you have skate board and skooter fans then Elgin. Hopeman and Inverness all have great skate/bike parks/

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.