Things to do in Lossiemouth
Lossiemouth is a well-known tourist destination with lots of things to do. Its well known for two high quality beaches, a thriving marina, a top golf course and a relatively busy nightlife including a thriving folk-music club. The beaches are very popular with locals and you’ll often see surfers, kitesurfers and other watersport enthusiasts.
- Lossie Beaches
- Stotfield Memorial
- Lossiemouth Harbour
- Covesea Lighthouse
- Dolphin Boat Trips
- Lossiemouth Museum
East Beach Lossiemouth
Lossie East Beach is accessed by a new footbridge. 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.
Seatown is a collection of small cottages huddled together beside the River Lossie. It sits beside the Spynie Canal, which was built in the early 1800s to a design by Thomas Telford. Nearby is the old market cross.
The steep road to west beach is tucked behind Moray Golf Club and leads onto a long esplanade for parking. An excellent sandy beach leads to Covesea Lighthouse which is now open to the public. There are interesting rock pools to explore on the near side. Overhead, you are likely to see and hear jet planes on their approach to the RAF Lossiemouth runway.
Lossiemouth is an ideal location for watersports. You will often seach surfers enjoying the waves at East Beach. Paddleboarding is a popular activity in the area as is sailing. There is a sailing club at Lossie West Beach. You can also canoe and kayak.
One of the most iconic images of Losseimouth is looking across from the golf course, over West Beach and Covesea Lighthouse on the horizon. The tall whitewashed lighthouse was established in 1846 but is no longer in operation (closed 2012). You can take a guided tour but it’s best to book in advance.
Stotfield Disaster Memorial
On the morning of Christmas Day 1806, 21 men from Stotfield Village set to sea in three fishing boats taking advantage of calm weather in the Moray Firth. The weather turned and the sea took all 21. A beautifully made granite boat commemorates the lives of these men and the others who have been lost at sea. Set on the west beach esplanade, it overlooks the natural harbour and on a fine day you can see Northerly tip of Scotland.
Lossiemouth Harbour & Marina
With the fishing fleet largely gone, the harbour is now an attractive yachting marina with 78 berths. The refurbished harbour buildings hosts the Fisheries Museum, café and craft shop. There is also a children’s play area nearby. Dolphin Spotting Boat Trips depart from the Lossie Harbour. They are operated by North 58 Sea Adventure.
Lossiemouth Fisheries & Community Museum
Fishing is integral to Lossiemouth’s past and this interesting museum gives a good overview of fishing in Moray and its importance to the community. The fishing museum is also something of a pilgrimage for people interested in politics as there is a reconstruction of Ramsay Macdonald’s study. He was Britain’s first Labour Prime Minister in 1924 and again Prime Minister from 1929-1935.
Walking around Lossiemouth
Lossiemouth is a pleasant town to walk around and the tourist information boards provide a detailed map noting points of interest. Prospect Terrace offers great views over Lossiemouth, Seatown and the East Beach. On Prospect Terrace, there is a memorial to Lossiemouth born Ramsay Macdonald, which acts as a viewing platform.
The Forest by the Firth Trail
The Forest by the Firth Trail is a walk that takes you along East Beach and into the forest. There is a map set into a stone, beside the wooden bridge at Seatown.
Eating & Drinking
A popular activity in Lossiemouth is enjoying a meal and drinks at one of the cafe and pubs. Most menus serve local seafood and local beers. If you are on a self catering holiday there are a number of takeaways including Chinese, Indian and pizza. Check out the fish and chip shops.
On a hot summer’s day, many locals come to Lossiemouth to take a walk and have an ice cream. With two ice cream shops you will often see queues outside.
Play Golf in Lossiemouth
Golfing is a popular activity in Lossie with two of Moray’s top golf courses. Each designed by legendary golfers from the past. The Old Course was designed by Old Tom Morris and features challenging bunkers and fairways lined with spiky gorse. Henry Cotton who was a 3 times British open winner designed the New Course. On the outskirts of Lossiemouth you will find a 24 hour, self service driving range. It’s next to Twenty Nineteen Coffee.