Tuesday, 1 August 2017

HOLIDAYS IN MORAY, SCOTLAND

Spey Bay, Moray

Last week we headed to Fochabers, a small village in Moray that is home to my grandparents seasonal caravan.  My grandparents have had their van there since I was a baby, the caravan and village itself holds so many fun and happy memories for me that I just love revisiting and even more so now that we have Oscar. The surrounding areas are so beautiful and picturesque and there are numerous costal towns within a 15 - 30 minute drive.  The caravan site is called Burnside and is a great base for those who want to set up camp and travel around the area visiting the different towns. The site takes campers, tourers, holiday vans and there are even static caravan rentals available if you don't fancy camping and don't have your own van.

On our first full day in Moray we got lucky with the weather as it was beautiful and sunny.  We decided to head to Spey Bay to see if we could spot some dolphins.  The beach is renowned for dolphin sightings and you'll find the dolphin centre and cafe as you drive into the carpark.  Spey Bay is a stoney beach, but its stunning.  Oscar loved picking up the stones and throwing them into the sea. We spent a little while walking along the beach and then headed to the cafe for lunch, unfortunately it was packed out and we decided not to wait so we jumped back in the car and headed along the coast to Buckie, another seaside town with yet another stunning beach!

 Buckie Beach

The following day was wet and grey but we knew this may be the case so we decided to take Oscar to the Playbarn, a children's soft play centre between Fochabers and Elgin.  The Playbarn is quite big and very well run, the only downside to it is that your allocated a 2 hour slot, once your time is up you have to leave or pay again for another 2 hours.  We grabbed some lunch whilst there which was actually really nice and we left after our 2 hours were up.  With the rain not letting up we headed into Elgin for a game of ten pin bowling at Pinz.  It's not the biggest of bowling joints but it was perfect for killing a few hours with a 3 year old.  Pinz also has a soft play area for smaller children and a selection of pool tables and arcade games for the older kids.

The following day we headed for Lossiemouth!  Lossie as its more commonly know to the locals is another seaside town along the north coast.  It has a beautiful sandy beach and is also home to RAF Lossiemouth, one of the main bases of the Royal Air Force, you'll regularly hear and see fighter jets flying overhead.  There is also a holiday park in Lossie called Silver Sands which is extremely popular with young families.  I have never been but the reviews are always fab and again Lossie is a great base for exploring Moray

We grabbed some lunch in Lossie at a restaurant called Harbour Lights which over looks the marina and WOW the food was delicious!  It wasn't overly expensive either.  Everything was cooked fresh and the service was second to none.  I highly recommend this place if your ever in the area!



After exploring Lossie we took a drive around the coastal road to Burghead, Oscar had fallen asleep so we thought we'd kill a bit of time and let him have a snooze.  We headed back into Fochabers and made an obligatory stop at Baxter's for a coffee and a slice of cake!  We considered having one of their famous pancakes but woweee they are huge! I've been to Baxter so many times but I still love visiting, their old school shop gets me every time, I love history so I always feel like I'm right back in that era when I wander around that old shop!


Saturday was our last full day in Moray and the weather wasn't looking great so we decided to head up to Elgin early and take Oscar to the earliest showing of Zippo's Circus!  I love the Circus and I thought it would keep his attention... he did well and started to get board after the second half.  Ian and I had a great time! After the Circus we headed back into Fochabers to spend the rest of the day with my grandparents.  Oscar brought his wellies and was dying to get in and have a splash and throw some stones into the little burnie (running water stream) behind the caravan.  It turned out to be a beautiful day, we finished off the weekend with a lovely BBQ and a few drinks.  It was a lovely week and it was just really nice to spend time with my hubby and my son and just enjoy each other's company, it's not something we get to do very often!

Until next year our holidays are now over.  Dare I say it? Autumn I'm ready for you!

Kirsty x

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