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Issue 80 - Findhorn Bay

Scotland Magazine Issue 80
April 2015

 

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Findhorn Bay

Keith Fergus finds rest and relaxation

Beautifully positioned on Scotland’s stunning north east coast, a few miles from Forres, Findhorn is an idyllic village and the perfect place for a little R + R (see Regional Feature page 20).

Wildlife, rich dunes, and a gorgeous beach, extending all the way to Burghead, provide a lovely place to wander or simply sit and really relax.

Much of the village is spread out along Findhorn Bay, where the River Findhorn (which gives the village its name), spills into the Moray Firth, having completed its 70 mile journey from the Monadhliath, in the Cairngorms National Park. It is one of the fastest flowing rivers in Scotland and a favourite with white water kayakers. In fact the name Findhorn derives from the Gaelic ‘Fionn Eren’ meaning white water.
It is thought that today’s village is the second to bear the name, the first having been slowly inundated by the sea.

During the 17th Century, Findhorn was the main port along the Moray Firth with ships regularly sailing to the Baltic Countries. During the 18th and 19th Centuries both fishing and agriculture took over as the dominant industries while today, tourism is the mainstay of the local economy.

And certainly, during the spring and summer months, there may be few better places to spend time, with many small boats and yachts perfectly reflected in the waters of Findhorn Bay while the setting sun casts its warm glow on the line of cottages which are situated along the shore.