Lossiemouth.co.uk » Things To Do http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk Just another WordPress weblog Mon, 02 Nov 2009 09:36:25 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 Things to Do and See in Lossiemouth http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/29/things-to-do-and-see-in-lossiemouth/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/29/things-to-do-and-see-in-lossiemouth/#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2009 05:04:50 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=29 So you are visiting Lossiemouth and are looking for things to do? You do not need to look very far because there are many activities to be undertaken. With the warm Gulf Stream air, Lossiemouth has a temperate climate, ideal for enjoying the many incredible sights and activities that are available.

For those visitors that are interested in immersing themselves in history, there are plenty of ancient ruins and examples of period architectures throughout the area in and around Lossiemouth. Whether you are wandering through the ruins of Spynie Palace or Duffus Castle, feeling very small among the majestic ruins of Elgin Cathedral’s octagonal chapter house, seeing the grandeur of Gordonstoun, or being awestruck by the magnificence of Pluscarden Abbey; you will feel the history that is radiates from these historic sites. Close your eyes and you can easily imagine how imposing these structures were in their day.

If you are a castle fan, there is a castle not far from Lossiemouth that is well worth making a day trip to visit. Built in the 16th century, Ballindalloch Castle is a family home that is open to the public for viewing. The gardens and grounds of Ballindalloch Castle are stunning. This historic castle is one of the Scotland’s few privately owned castles still occupied by the original family, the Macpherson-Grants. The estate has its own golf course, offers fishing and shooting packages, and has accommodations on the estate that start at £45.00. At very affordable prices to tour the castle and grounds, £18.00 for a family being the most expensive, this should be on your itinerary of things to do.

Lossiemouth can lay claim to beautiful beaches. West Beach is a 3-mile stretch that is guarded by the Covesea Lighthouse. This beach is a windsurfer’s dream, provided the wind is cooperating. Rocks however can make this area dangerous as they do present a hazard to windsurfers and boaters. By contrast, East Beach’s beautiful rolling dunes and stretches of sand are a tranquil setting. The dunes were artificially created using old railway cars place parallel to the both the sea and the River Lossie. Taking a picnic and enjoying a day of swimming and unwinding on East Beach is a splendid way to spend your time.

Hiking, walking and cycling are ideal ways to pass the time in this area. There are many trails and designated paths so you can enjoy coastal or countryside outings. There is even the Malt Whisky Trail so that you can visit some local distillers. Birdwatchers should have their binoculars and journals at hand as they will be sure to find many birds that fascinate them.

If being out on the water is more to your taste, there is no lack of fishing or dolphin watching opportunities. Moray Diving runs fishing charters and dolphin spotting runs. You can also visit The Moray Wildlife Centre at Spey Bay and watch the dolphins playing and seals sunning themselves.

Golf aficionados need not look far for a bit of links golf and a course to challenge them. The Moray Golf Club in offers two different courses that are challenging in their own right. The views that you have while golfing is pure bonus.

When you visit Lossiemouth, spend your time enjoying yourself and soaking in the character of the area. It is truly a jewel in northeastern Scotland.

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Lossiemouth’s Moray Golf Club http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/17/lossiemouth%e2%80%99s-moray-golf-club/ http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/17/lossiemouth%e2%80%99s-moray-golf-club/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 17:10:14 +0000 admin http://www.lossiemouth.co.uk/?p=17 Founded in 1889, the original membership of the Moray Golf Club in Lossiemouth included some influential distillers and had a high percentage of women players within a few years of opening. From an initial membership of 82, by 1904 there were over 500 members with almost 25% being women. Having so many women members says a lot given that day and age. Currently the membership at Moray Golf Club stands at around 1700. Golfing in Scotland is a national pastime.

The distillers within the membership impacted the club and the effects of that membership continue to this day. Beginning in 1900, the Moray Golf Club purchased 54 gallons of Glen Grant whiskey. Buying whiskey and bottling it as “club malt” has been a tradition that is maintained to this day. In 1992, the club switched from Glen Grant to Macallan Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky. The malt is bottled for the club when it is 10 years old.

With such a large growth in the membership ranks so early in its life, the Moray Golf Club found that the course was often congested during the summer with the influx of summer visitors to Lossiemouth. It was determined that another course was needed. The solution was that a 9-hole golf course was constructed on the existing course grounds.

Old Tom Morris, who was involved in designing a large number of golf courses in his day, also designed the first golf course at the Moray Golf Club. This 18-hole course is a challenging Par 71 course. Sir Henry Cotton, a renowned golfer and golf course architect, redesigned the second 9-hole course into an 18-hole golf course. A shorter course than the Old Course, the Par 69 New Course has tight fairways and small greens. Both courses are a test of golf’s skills. Few other places allow you the opportunity to golf two rounds on courses that were designed by such notable masters of design. That the Moray Golf Club has hosted several nation tournaments is a testament to the challenging level of the courses.

Moray Golf Club is definitely a golf course worth visiting while you are in the area. If golfing is your passion, you will find that both the Old and New Courses will challenge and relax you.

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