5 Favourite Beaches on the Moray Firth
We are very fortunate to have some beautiful beaches in Scotland and here I’ve picked my 5 favourite beaches on the Moray Firth. The furthest is about an hour and a quarter’s drive. Since our weather is frequently described as ‘changeable’ these are not the kind of beaches you’ll find rows of sunloungers for tourists to top up their golden tans even in the height of the summer. But most of these beaches have fine, golden sand and offer stunning views all around and a great opportunity to stretch your legs and possibly stick a toe in the water if you’re feeling brave.
.Nairn is about half an hour’s drive from here along the Moray coast. It has been a popular seaside town since Victorian times and recently came 10th in a poll of Britain’s best beaches. Nairn Beach enjoys one of the sunniest climates in the country and has amazing views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isles and the coastline is home to a resident school of dolphins
Lossiemouth – East and West
With a choice of two beautiful beaches Lossiemouth is a lovely little town. Situated on the Moray coast, just over an hour’s drive from here and about 5 miles from Elgin the county town of Moray, Lossiemouth is home to the Royal Air Force and seaside amenities. The east beach is the first beach you see as you enter the town and is accessed by a wooden pedestrian beach. The west beach is at the other side of town overlooked by the golf course and caravan park. If you’re lucky you’ll get a great view of air force jets taking off from the air base.
The Royal Burgh of Dornoch is an historic small town on the edge of the Dornoch Firth and just over an hour’s drive from Inverness. Dornoch beach is an officially designated E.C. Bathing Beach and has been given rural ‘Seaside Award’ Status 2012 as a clean bathing beach. Miles of golden sand stretch from Dornoch Point heading past Embo beach to the mouth of Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve.
Rosemarkie fronts on a wide, picturesque bay, with views of Fort George and the Moray coastline across the Moray Firth. Rosemarkie has one of the finest beaches on the Moray Firth Coast Line. At the southern end of the beach is Chanonry Point, reputed to be the best location on the United Kingdom mainland from which to see dolphins.
Loch Ness at Dores Village
Strictly speak this isn’t a beach but it’s still a favourite shore to walk the dog. If you park your car at the Dores Inn, you’ll find yourself at the edge of Loch Ness with stunning views in front of you. The shoreline is stones, rather than sand, but it’s a great place for a walk before or after lunch at the lovely pub, the Dores Inn. After a bracing walk it’s always nice to warm yourself next to the log burning stove.