Things to do in Findhorn
Findhorn is a former fishing village with a great atmosphere and lots of activities. It is a busy place in summer with locals taking day trips and visitors attracted by its beach, good eating places, watersports, boat trips and the Findhorn Foundation. For all its popularity, it manages to retain a relaxed atmosphere. Things to do include:
- Visit Findhorn Beach
- The Findhorn Foundation
- Moray Art Centre
- Findhorn Icehouse & Heritage Centre
- Boat trips
- Bird Hide
Findhorn beach is a popular destination, especially on a summer’s day. There is a large car parking area in the dunes at the top end of the village. Head to the side away from the boatyard and you will find a long sandy beach with beach huts. This area marks one end of Burghead Bay. Take heed of the signs about where not to swim as there are strong currents. There are good toilet facilities in the car park. There are places to eat at Findhorn Marina and in the village.
The Findhorn Foundation
The Findhorn Community is a thriving spiritual community based on the outskirts of the village. It was founded in the early 1960s and is recognised as an important eco-village and retreat. Hundreds of people from around the world have spent time there. There’s an interesting walking tour, which is a good introduction to the ethos behind the community and dispels some of the myths. Look out for the Barrel House and varieties of eco houses. There is often entertainment at the Universal Hall, which attracts diverse shows as well as big names in music and comedy. The caravan site is very popular with a range of static caravans for hire.
Moray Art Centre
Moray Art Centre is situated in the Findhorn Foundation and offers various exhibitions throughout the year. As well as exhibitions, there are artist studios and study areas. There are also classes in all areas of art from sculpture to watercolour and drawing to photography.
North 58 Sea Adventures
Discover the marine wildlife with North 58 Sea Adventures. Although there is no guarantee, the Moray Firth is a great place to spot dolphins, seals and birdlife. The boat departs from Findhorn Marina. It takes 12 passengers and is a fast RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat).
Findhorn Icehouse & Heritage Centre
Findhorn used to be a salmon fishing centre and fish destined for the English market was stored in the old Icehouse. The Icehouse now tells the story of its links to the fishing industry. Next door you can visit and explore the history and wildlife of Findhorn in the Heritage Centre.
Between Kinloss and Findhorn is a bird hide offering shelter and open views across Findhorn Bay, the outlet of the River Findhorn. The bay is now a nature reserve where you can see many birds including oystercatchers, turnstone, curlews and osprey.
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