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The Out About Scotland complete guide to Lossiemouth East Beach
Suitable for ages: 5 to 10 years, 11 to 18 years, 18+ years, 65+ years
Ideal for: Couples, Families, Solo travellers
I rate it: 7 out of 10
About Lossiemouth East Beach
While the village of Lossiemouth is perhaps most famous for the enormous military air-force base which lies on its outskirts, those in the know flock there during the summer months to enjoy the gorgeous stretch of golden beach that runs along the village’s eastern side.
The east beach has become something of a mecca for both wildlife enthusiasts and surfers, with the former enjoying the sights of pods of bottlenose dolphins that can be regularly seen swimming in the sea around the area, and the latter enjoying water sports thanks to the powerful waves brought towards the beach by strong northern winds.
But there’s more to this beach than just lounging around on the sand and the entire area has some really good walks, with the circular route from Lossiemouth village to the end of the beach and back again via the surrounding woodland being a particular favourite with visitors.
It’s an easy walk that should only take around two hours to complete and I highly recommend you check out the Walk Highlands website for details.
Lossiemouth is a really good place to visit when the warmer months visit Scotland and because it’s relatively remote it rarely gets too busy. The sand is soft and clean and the sea along this stretch of coastline is lovely and clear so it would be utterly perfect for swimming if only it was a little bit warmer.
But even so I think this beach is a bit of a hidden gem in Scotland and it’s one that I thoroughly recommend you visit.
Things to do at Lossiemouth East Beach
Lossiemouth village is a sleepy, quaint little hamlet not far from the busy Morayshire town of Elgin, and it’s close proximity to the glorious east beach and surrounding countryside has given it its popular nickname of ‘the jewel of the Moray Firth’.
While a visit here might be disturbed by the occasional military jet roaring overhead, if you want to get away from busy city life then a walk along the east beach, the nearby salt flats, and the gentle River Lossie are guaranteed to offer the relaxation you’re looking for.
The east beach can be easily accessed from Clifton Road in Lossiemouth which has several cafés and restaurants with pavement seating areas to sit back and relax on.
A short walk will then take you to the bridge which crosses the River Lossie before leading out onto the vast expanse of beach and dunes that run for a few miles east to the village of Kingston at the far end of the bay.
Running parallel to the beach is a wide stretch of sand dunes that are home to lots of wildlife, while an expanse of salt flats borders the River Lossie which also runs alongside the beach before veering off further inland.
If you want to take a break from the beach there’s also a sizeable woodland to explore to the south where several paths have been made so that you can explore the area without getting bogged down by thick undergrowth, and if you’ve got your dog with you I think you’ll both enjoy a stroll there.
Nearby attractions include Spynie Palace which is around 10 minutes away by car (you can find out more about it in my Complete Guide to Spynie Palace) and Elgin Cathedral which is only a 15-minute drive from the village.
And as you’re deep in the heart of Speyside whisky country you can also pop into the Glen Moray distillery (a 20-minute drive) if you fancy a dram of the good stuff. The distillery runs daily tours for a reasonable price that includes complimentary tastings of their fantastic single malts.
That has to be the perfect way to round off a day enjoying Lossiemouth East Beach.
What I liked about this attraction
- The beach is huge and great for walks
- There are also walks through woodland on the other side of the dunes
- The cafés facing the beach are great for sitting outside
My top tips
- If you fancy a change of pace after your visit to the beach I recommend you check out Elgin Cathedral
- There isn’t much in Lossiemouth village but the cafes next to the beach are surprisingly good (they serve really good ice cream too)
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Address and directions map
Prices and opening times
The east beach is a public access site and is open at all times of the year. There are no fees to enter the beach although car parking charges may apply.
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Getting there: Bus stop nearby, Car park on-site
Getting around: Uneven paths
On-site conveniences: Gift shop, Hot drinks, Restaurant, Snacks, Toilets (all available in Lossiemouth)