Lossiemouth has two excellent beaches, West Beach and East Beach.
Until recently, there was no safe access to Lossiemouth East beach however the new bridge is now open! It was officially opened on the 31st May 2022. It cost £1.8 million.
Lossiemouth is often referred to as Lossie locally. It is a busy seaside town and is a favourite destination especially when the sun is out. The centre has ice cream shops, pubs and cafes with views over to East Beach.
Lossiemouth East Beach
The East Beach used to be accessed by an old wooden bridge, which crossed the River Lossie. However, the wooden bridge fell into disrepair. The new bridge from the centre of Lossiemouth to East Beach is now open.
With a long stretch of golden sand and dunes to protect from the weather, it is one of the most popular beaches in Moray and the waves attract surfers all year round. Even if the weather is not great, this is one of the better beached for walking as the dunes can take the brunt of the elements, depending in wind direction!
It’s one of the top beaches for families with nearby toilet facilities and direct access from the beach to Losseimouth’s ice cream shops as well as cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Although Lossie East Beach can get very busy, it’s so long you can easily find a quiet spot. If it’s a bit windy, take shelter in the dunes.
Lossie East Beach is accessed via the bridge which crosses from Pitgaveny Street. Looking for somewhere to park can be problematic at busy times but there is on street parking near the bridge. Also there’s a small car park towards the harbour but if all else fails, head down Seatown Road for the park area near Fisher Town.
There are no toilet facilities on Lossie East Beach. You will need to go back over the bridge and about 300 metres along to the public toilets on Pitgaveny Street.
There’s a superb high viewpoint overlooking Lossiemouth, the old Fisher Town and the beach. Head up to Prospect Terrace and look for the Ramsay MacDonald viewpoint.
Lossiemouth West Beach
There’s a narrow road tucked in behind Moray Golf Club. This leads down to the esplanade where you’ll find plenty of parking spaces.
The beach curves round to Covesea Lightouse. There are rockpools to explore then a long sweep of sand backed by sandunes. The light house is one of the landmarks of Moray. It was built in 1826 and protected mariners until the lighs went out in 2012 however, it is now open to the public to visit.
Known locally as silver sands, the beach is one of the best places to spot planes. It’s on RAF Lossiemouth’s flight path so watching the planes provides additional entertainment.
Directions – travel towards Moray Golf Club in Lossiemouth. The steep road to West Beach lies behind the Golf Club and leads on to an esplanade and parking area.