Lossiemouth is probably best known these days for it’s bustling RAF base. Home to the Typhoon and Poseidon aircraft, and the northern Quick Reaction Alert facility, all protecting the skies of the United Kingdom from enemy threats. On the ground however, it’s a far more peaceful place, with much to recommend it to visitors, however they arrive. So lets see where ‘Loving the High Life in Lossie’ takes us.
Food and drink lovers are spoiled for choice. Here, it’s entirely possible to eat produce from the sea while looking out to sea, while paddling in the sea, whilst watching the boats in the marina! All washed down with a local beer or gin. Oh we do like to be beside the seaside (at Lossiemouth!)
Lossie has two tremendous beaches. East beach however is currently waiting for it’s new access bridge to be constructed, so is pretty much out of bounds for now. Although it looks lovely from the ice cream shops along the Esplanade! The West Beach is very much open though, and there’s plenty of room for everyone and their dog. The further you walk westwards, the fewer people you’ll encounter. So be as sociable or shy as you wish, so long as your legs support you. If you reach Covesea Lighthouse (pronounced ‘Cowsea), you’ll have done well, and will richly deserve to visit some of our recommended establishments to ‘restore’ you.
Relax & Re-Store
Re-Store – is also the name of a Lossiemouth retailer aiming to reduce the amount of food packaging and waste, which we all are much more conscious of these days. Describing itself as a ‘zero waste refill shop’, customers can refill their own containers with everyday items, while also picking up seasonal local vegetables and fruit, eggs, milk and bread too. It’s a 21st century alternative to supermarket shopping. Give it a go!
Scottish Gin with a View?
If you’d rather someone else cooked for you today, there’s plenty to offer here. The Golf View Hotel’s restaurant overlooks the golf course and the West Beach. There can be few finer sea views in Scotland. Added to a very varied menu choice, it’s sure to have something for everyone. The Golf View’s sister restaurant is The Firth Hotel, down on the Esplanade, overlooking the East beach. There’s a fabulous array of Scottish Gins at both establishments, so make sure you try something new while you have the chance.
Along beside the marina is The Harbour Lights café. Here the menu features local ingredients from named suppliers and is a popular spot for coffees and lunches. Don’t miss their wide choice of cocktails, served with style. Outdoor seating is available for the warmer days or those with furry friends. It’s a lovely location to enjoy your well deserved libation.
One of Lossie’s other innovative businesses is the Windswept Brewery Co, where visitors can pre-book tours, sample the range of beers alongside wood-fired pizzas, or just pop in to buy some beer and have a coffee perhaps? It was set up by two ex RAF pilots and is conveniently situated just opposite the main gate to RAF Lossiemouth, which brings us right back to where we started!
We hope you enjoyed ‘loving the high life in Lossie’, as much as we’ve loved telling you all about this high-flying coastal highlight!