L is for lovely lunches in Moray and the local area
Part of the fun of being on holiday and exploring is finding that perfect place for a nice relaxing lunch that you still remember when you get home.
I am mentioning a few places here and am deliberately some of my favourite locations at some of the Castles and Distilleries. I could suggest you consider Glen Moray, Glenfiddich and Ballindalloch Castle if you are planning on a visiting anyway.
Lunches in Moray with a Coastal Theme
In this part of Scotland there is no shortage of stunning coastal vistas. Therefore you can easily combine both a walk on the beach at Roseisle and a lunch The Bothy Bistro, Burghead. With daily changing menus and market fresh produce – lunch or dinner, whatever time of day you visit you will not be disappointed. The beach is pure flat gently curving sand with stunning views across the Moray Firth.
Looking to visit a harbour try Lossiemouth and check out Harbour Lights down in the Harbour. You may be watched by seals as you wander the harbour and admire the scenery.
Further along the coast via Portknockie on the way to Cullen you will get to see the natural phenomenon Bow Fiddle Rock and be able to sample the local delicacy Cullen Skink. A delicious thick soup made of haddock, potatoes and onions. Fast becoming a Scottish signature dish. My advice is try The Rockpool Cafe and Restaurant
For lighthouses and secret beaches then you need to try Bijou by the Sea. The walk from there to the Lighthouse is well worth it.
Closer to home in a traditional fishing village and with wonderful vegan and organic produce try the Bakehouse Cafe at Findhorn Don’t forget to visit the beach and see the seals.
And travelling west of us in Fisher town at Nairn you have The Sun dancer with its stunning views of The Black Isle. And yet another stunning sandy beach to enjoy.
Lunches in Moray with a River Theme
Closer to us and beside the stunning River Findhorn is The Olive Tree Cafe at Logie Steading. In a beautiful parkland setting with some charming shops to visit. This is the perfect café to have a relaxed lunch or coffee before or after you take a walk along the river Findhorn and check out Randolph’s Leap.
Lunches in Moray with Shopping theme
Some of the places I suggest are firstly, has to be Johnstons of Elgin because every girl has needs to shop as well as eat. Their café is full of home-made locally sourced treats and I have had to stop myself looking at their cake counter. Even better it is all made on site.
Lunching Further Afield
If you prefer to spend time absorbing village life there are lunch spots in traditional Highland villages such as Aberlour or Granton on Spey. If you are venturing down to the Cairngorms National Park make sure you stop in Ballater. Rock Salt and Snails is my favourite and live like a local. Or visiting Braemar then it has to be The Flying Stag at the Fife Arms
I have only mentioned a few places. One thing for sure is you will not go hungry in Scotland and you can rest assured that all of the above are using local produce and will provide a special memory to take home with you.
Have you got a favourite lunch spot you can share with us?
Top Tip – by a local cookbook and re-create some Scottish flavours.