Lossiemouth the Essential Visitor Guide 2021
Lossiemouth is a popular coastal resort that has no fun-parks, hyper markets or fast food chains, what is does provide are exceptional restaurants, two amazing ice-cream shops and an opportunity to enjoy a truly magnificent coastal setting.
It’s a place where you can take uncrowded strolls along the beach enjoy watching river wildlife and take in the intimate moments with nature on a walk through the forest paths.
Lossiemouth the Town
lies where the river Lossie meets the Moray coast which is lined with several golden sandy beaches. Sadly the East beach is now inaccessible due to the lack of funding available for the now dangerous footbridge which spans the river and leads from the town’s promenade to magnificent sand dunes and light golden sands.
The town is a bustling place that is also home to RAF Lossiemouth home to Typhoon a fourth-generation multi-role combat aircraft. This RAF base has been located on the outskirts of the town since 1939 and now contributes to a large proportion of the local population.
Local shops, cafes and restaurants are easily found within the town, however, the larger stores are to be found in nearby Elgin. However, there’s much more to Lossiemouth as it sports a lovely harbour area, two magnificent beaches and the river Lossie which ia a haven for wildflife.
These impressive sand dunes were created in the early 1900’s with the use of old railway carriages that were placed strategically to provide better protection for this length of the River Lossie. Nature took over and the end result is spectacular.
A well maintained promenade area provides parking, gardens with park benches where you can sit with an ice-cream available from two nearby shops and if you are lucky watch the dunes change colour as the sun flits in and out of the cloud cover, mesmerizing!
Lossiemouth The History
Settled over a 1000 years ago and for many centuries the Spynie (now the home to Spynie Castle) served as the port for Elgin. Around the 1500’s the sea claimed much of the, a spite of bad weather that developed a series of storms created a build up of shingle and sand which blocked the entrance to Loch Spynie leaving Elgin in dire need of a new port which was developed at the mouth of the river Lossie.
For over three centuries the port operated successfully and in the 1800’s further development was required and three small villages contributed to the creation of Lossiemouth.
Historically a port and fishing village there still remains a small resident fishing fleet and a fishmarket. However the newly developed marina is mainly host to yachts and pleasure craft.
The Royal Air Force moved into Lossimouth in 1939 and is now an important factor in both social and employment activities within the local community. In present day the station is home to several squadrons of Typhoon fighter aircraft and once the new development is completed they will be joined with Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft which are currently operating out of nearby Kinloss.
Is protected from the elements by a huge sea wall allowing leisure craft a safe haven when huge rolling waves arrive on the coastline.
Supplying modern and comprehensive facilities for 125 berths visitors have access to water, electricity, Wifi, laundry, shops and restaurants within a few minutes walk.
Is an amazing stretch of golden sands backed by large sand dunes and is favourite haunt for surfers and wind-surfers.
Sadly there is at present no access to the beach as the bridge footpath has had to be closed due to disrepair.
West Beach is a 3 mile long stunning beach that lies under the watchful eye of the Covesea lighthouse which opened in 1846 and is now retired