If you are looking for more reasons to visit Scotland then here are a few reasons beginning with F for Festivals, Findhorn, Fishing, Forts that you can enjoy while staying with us.
Here in Moray, we are lucky to enjoy a range of Festivals throughout the year that offers experiences not available all year round. For most people finding reasons to visit Scotland is not difficult and many people organise their visit around a Festival such as the Edinburgh Military Tattoo or Up Helly Aa in Orkney.
May – however for whisky lovers that means the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival held annually during the first week of May is a must. This world-class event offers the opportunity to visit distilleries often unavailable to the visitors, to meet the master distillers and enjoy unique tasting visits, to make new friends. Book yourself a Breakfast or enjoy a special dinner pairing – there is something for everyone and with 51 Speyside distilleries, this Festival is an exceptional experience you cannot find elsewhere.
June – If you are a walker in June we have the Moray Outdoor Walking Festival. I love this Festival, if you have not already guessed I am a real outdoors girl and Moray is the place to be outdoors. This midsummer Festival is the ideal way to explore Moray from the foothills of the Cairngorms to our award-winning Coastline.
The Festival is 10 days of events with a choice every day, it is easy to make the Festival a short break or include it as part of your holiday. All levels are catered for and it is not just for walkers– you have cycling, historical talks, nature walks, canoeing for example. The hardest part is deciding which activity you would like to include.
September brings a continuation of Moray’s excellent knowledge of Distilled Spirits there will be Distilled taking place in Elgin in September. This is a two-day immersion into local Distilled spirits and is your chance to meet the producers and taste the products.
September also offers the Nairn Book and Arts Festival. Visiting authors with superb talks, exciting musical events in the evening and all on our doorstep. I am definitely watching the soon to be published programme for this Festival.
Well, you can spend the whole day exploring Findhorn if you are staying with us and actually I recommend that you do. Findhorn is a village that sits at the mouth of the River Findhorn hence its name. The River is one of the longest rivers in Scotland offering superb walking, some of the best white water rafting, salmon fishing.
The village of Findhorn once a busy fishing village sitting in a picturesque bay on the Moray Firth is a conservation village just right for exploring and spending time enjoying the beautiful views.
My recommendation would be to visit Logie Steading and walk along the River to Randolph’s leap before enjoying a quick coffee or lunch. Then you have time to visit the village of Findhorn, explore the village, visit the cafe at Findhorn Foundation, walk along the beach or sign up for Paddle Board lessons or better still a trip out of the mouth of the river with North 58 Adventures past the seals looking for Dolphins. After that dinner in the village enjoying a spectacular sunset.
You are in Scotland, home of Salmon fishing so why not cross fishing in Scotland off your bucket list. Test your skills on the Findhorn, the Spey or there are five other major rivers only a short drive away. If nothing else you will learn how to cast and enjoy a day on the River in the beautiful scenery.
Fort George, a spectacular 300-year-old Fort, home of the Highland Regiments, is situated on the Moray Firth so stand on the ramparts and look out for dolphins.