ABOUT Findhorn

 

Findhorn is a traditional Scottish seaside village ideal for a relaxing holiday.  Situated in the sheltered haven of Findhorn Bay on the Moray Firth coast, Findhorn is a picturesque and peaceful holiday destination that offers an abundance of things to see and do.

 

Experience the uniquely beautiful landscape of Scotland with unspoilt white sandy and shingle beaches, the quaint architecture of a typical Scottish coastal village, a delightful harbour, dramatic pine forests and stunning panoramic views.  The Moray Coast and Findhorn Bay host spectacular wildlife and you can spot seals, dolphins and a wide variety of bird species.  Findhorn is also the perfect destination for the water sport enthusiast and is popular for sailing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and fishing.  The village is home to the Findhorn Foundation; a spiritual community, eco-village and international centre for holistic learning.  The surrounding area is part of the Malt Whisky Trail where you can visit distilleries such as Benromach, Glenfiddich and Glen Livet.  Findhorn is the ideal location for a tranquil and restful holiday and offers a plethora of activities and experiences for all ages.

 

If you would like to book your stay at the Culbin Sands holiday cottage in Findhorn, then you take a look at the Prices & Availability page and book your stay by contacting us

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THE HISTORY OF FINDHORN

Findhorn has a population of roughly 900 residents.  It is named after the River Findhorn, which flows into Findhorn Bay and out into the Moray Firth.  Records indicate that the village dates back as early as 1189, however, the precise placement has changed several times throughout its history.  In the 1600s, storms ravaged the area and the original site was buried by sand dunes.  Findhorn moved location for the first time until floods destroyed the village in 1701, when it moved to the current area.  This historic coastal village was once an important commercial fishing port, especially for salmon.  When you visit Findhorn, feel free to visit the Heritage Centre and Icehouse to learn more about the history of Findhorn and the surrounding area.

 

FOOD & DRINK

There are several places within walking distance of the Culbin Sands apartment where you can enjoy delicious local cuisine:

 

  • The Captain's Table is located at the Findhorn Marina with views of the Findhorn Bay.  This café offers a wide range of meals and snacks served throughout the day. 

  • The Crown & Anchor Inn is a warm and friendly pub situated in the heart of Findhorn village.  There are over 80 different Gins and around 120 Malt Whiskies as well as Cask Ales on offer.  This pub specialises in traditional Scottish cooking using fresh Moray seafood and locally sourced meat and vegetables.  Outdoor and indoor dining is available.

  • Dating back to 1777, The Kimberly Inn is full of character.  Outdoor dining on the front terrace offers views of the Findhorn Bay and indoor dining offers a roaring log fire to keep you cosy.  All food is locally sourced and the kitchen uses fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce.  To complement their local Scottish food, they offer a wide range of Scottish Malt Whisky, Gin, Craft and Cask Beers. 

  • La Bohème is located within the Findhorn Foundation (the Foundation is open to the public) and sells tasty smoothies, juices, crêpes and pizza.  Outdoor seating or takeaway is available.

  • Also located within the Findhorn Foundation (and also open to the public), The Phoenix Café is open all year round with both indoor and outdoor seating.  Delicious breakfast and lunch options as well as snacks and hot and cold beverages are available.  There is an emphasis on fresh, local and organic ingredients.  When the Universal Hall is open and has a concert on, the Phoenix Café is open for drinks; both soft and alcoholic.

  • The Phoenix Cafe is not to be confused with The Phoenix Shop, which is at the entrance of the Findhorn Foundation.  This thriving community owned business offers food produce, a full service Apothecary, a book shop, crafts, gifts and music.  Celebrating the positive, The Phoenix Ship specialises in local, organic, Fairtrade, ethical and artisan food produce and products. 

  • The Findhorn Village Shop sells a comprehensive selection of food, drinks, newspapers and also houses the local Post Office.

  • Situated beside The Findhorn Village Shop, The Bakehouse is located in the centre of Findhorn and is open 7 days a week.  They have a small takeaway menu as well as a range of seasonal, fresh and organic produce, which is complemented by breads and baked goods produced by their organic bakery.  

WATERSPORTS

Findhorn Bay is the ideal holiday destination for the water sport enthusiast.  Unspoilt white sandy beaches, the sheltered haven of the Findhorn Bay and the delightful harbour are a stunning backdrop for a variety of water-based activities.  

 

The Findhorn Marina is an RYA training centre and you can try out a wide range of water sports including paddle boarding, sailing, wind surfing, power boating and kayaking.  You can also access pontoon berthing and boatyard services at the Marina.  If you would like to explore the surrounding area by boat, there are a couple of options and both depart from the Findhorn Marina.  North 58º Sea Adventures is an exhilarating boat trip out to the Moray Firth that leads you along the beautiful Moray coastline and gives you the chance to spot Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, Harbour Porpoise, Harbour Seals, Grey Seals, Minke Whales, Basking Sharks, Orca and an abundance of seabird species.  The Findhorn Water Taxi explores the Findhorn Bay.  You can visit the Culbin Forest and the surrounding beaches as well as view the village of Findhorn from the water and discover the local wildlife.

 

The Royal Findhorn Yacht Club hosts regattas during the summer months. 

Findhorn is also a wonderful setting for wild swimming and you can brave the bracing waters by swimming near the Findhorn harbour and on both the beach located facing the Findhorn Bay and the beach facing the North Sea.  

WILDLIFE, WALKING & CYCLING

Findhorn, the Findhorn Bay, the Moray Coast and surrounding area inland of Findhorn village all host an abundance of spectacular and fascinating wildlife.  

The Findhorn Bay Local Nature Reserve is managed by local people in partnership with Moray Council and Scottish Natural Heritage.  This enclosed estuary gives shelter to wildlife and the area is important for the local bird population as there are significant numbers of migrant wildfowl and waders.

The surrounding area of Moray has a distinctive character and an excellent climate with some of the lowest rainfall amounts and highest sunshine levels in Britain.  The landscape is unspoilt and mainly rural.  You can explore a superb range of countryside features, from Highland hills and moors down to rocky and sandy coastlines.  These beautiful surroundings make for excellent walking and cycling routes.  Take a look at the Moray Council website for route information.

SPEYSIDE MALT WHISKY TRAIL

Nearby to Findhorn, in the area of Speyside, there is the largest concentration of Scotch Malt Whisky distilleries in the world.  The Malt Whisky Trail is a partnership of 9 whisky distilleries and include active distilleries such as Benromach, Glen Grant, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet and Strathlisa as well as historic distilleries such as Dallas Dhu and The Speyside Cooperage.

 

THE FINDHORN FOUNDATION

The Findhorn Foundation can be found just outside the village of Findhorn and is a world-renowned spiritual community, eco-village and international centre for holistic learning.  The community has welcomed tens of thousands of people over the past 60 years for spiritual learning, to explore kinder and more joyful ways of living and to help co-create a transformed world.  The Foundation is open to the public and you are free to explore and enjoy the shop, café, juice bar, gallery and various arts and crafts workshops.  The Universal Hall hosts a variety of events throughout the year including concerts, performances from touring theatre companies, comedy, dance, film and children's entertainment.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FINDHORN & MORAY

You can find out more about Findhorn and the surrounding area of Moray and Speyside on the Visit Moray Speyside website.  Here you will find useful information on things to do, food and drink, events and other fantastic areas and locations to visit in Moray and Speyside while you are staying in Findhorn.