Attractions in Scotland
Our name – Silver Sands – comes from the sparkling stretch of West Beach that lies to the far side of the dunes that border our park. Three-miles of sands run straight past and, thanks to the glorious Gulf Stream that brings a temperate climate, they are the perfect play place for paddlers, swimmers surfers and sailors, with horse-riders often seen galloping along the sea edge.
We sit on the edge of the Moray Firth, an inlet that is one of Europe’s best places to see wild dolphins. There are around 130 bottlenose dolphins living in the waters and our guests can sometimes see them leaping clear of the waves when they come close to shore. Join one of the local Moray Firth boat tours for the very closest view.
There are many activities right on your doorstep, such as horse riding and scenic walks to historic castles such as Balvenie Castle – one of the oldest stone castles in Scotland – and to the remains of the once majestic Elgin Cathedral. For little ones, there is soft play at Lossiemouth Play Barn and a host of activities on offer at Moray Leisure Centre, plus there is bowling and ice-skating nearby. Take time to visit the cheery town of Lossiemouth and enjoy the harbour, plus a wide range of shops and restaurants. On a grander scale, Inverness offers a rich variety of places to visit, including the historic Victorian Market and award-winning Eastgate centre.
Lossiemouth is a great choice for golfers with two superb courses. The older of the two is considered to be among the finest links courses in Scotland, with deep bunkers, gorse lined fairways and fast greens. The newer course is shorter, tighter and has smaller greens, but is equally challenge and rewarding for players. The local area is also heaven for plane spotters, with one of the RAF’s largest fast-jet bases nearby.
If you are seeking an adventure for your taste buds, follow the world-famous Malt Whisky Trail through Speyside and discover seven working distilleries. Scotland is famous for its quality whiskies and lovers of this famous tipple will enjoy sampling some of the county’s finest. Each distillery on this tour has its own traditions – and each is as different as the last. You will tour Benromach, Dallas Dhu, Glen Moray, Strathisla, Chivas Regal, Glen Grant, Glenfiddich, Glenlivet and Cardhu distilleries.
There is so much to see and do nearby. Here’s just some of our favourite local attractions (great for rainy days or entertaining the kids!)
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive (around 90 minutes) then you really should visit Loch Ness during your stay in this region. Loch Ness and its famous resident monster have been shrouded in myth and mystery for centuries – will you be the one to finally spot the beast?
When you visit this famous distillery, you’ll discover tall copper tuns, great wooden washbacks and stone-walled warehouses filled with earthy, aged aromas. It is one of the last independent distilleries in Scotland and a great day out, if you like a drop of good stuff.
Keith & Dufftown Railway
Enjoy a trip on Scotland’s most northerly preserved heritage railway. The railway operates a varied programme of special events, including special journeys run in conjunction with the Spring and Autumn Whisky Festivals.
The Falconer Museum was founded in 1871 in memory of Hugh Falconer, a colleague of Charles Darwin. It holds the archives and fossils of Hugh Falconer, as well as narrating the local & social history of Moray. There’s also temporary exhibitions and family activities.
Known as ‘The Pearl of the North’, Ballindalloch Castle is one of the most romantic and renowned castles in Scotland. The castle is one of the few private castles in Scotland that has been lived in continuously by the family which founded it, the Macpherson-Grants.