Lossiemouth is a well-known tourist destination with 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.
Things to do in Lossiemouth
East Beach Lossiemouth (currently closed)
The East Beach used to be accessed by the old wooden bridge, which crossed the River Lossie. However, a new one is under construction. 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. 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.
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.
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
This 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.