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You don’t have to venture far to have a wonderful day out.  The secret is to spend less time on the road and more time having foodie fun.  This day trip is less than 30 miles long, yet takes you from town to country, hills to harbour.  It’s all within easy reach of home and you get to take something delicious back for tea! Download, print and share the Ginspired Guide to take with you on your adventure.

We suggest starting from Forres.  If you’re lucky enough to live there, that’s a given, if not, we suggest accommodation at Knockomie Inn, a charming arts and crafts country house on the southern outskirts of the town, with lovely food and a great selection of local gins and whiskies too.  Alternatively, Blervie House is a luxurious B&B in a very stately setting, near Rafford, which is a couple of miles out of Forres to the south east.

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Our first stop is Logie Steading, which is just off the Grantown Road (full directions in the download).  It’s only around 10 minutes from Forres and is a great place to start the day.  As the name suggests, it’s a converted farm building on the Logie Estate, and is now home to a variety of distinctive businesses to offer you a morning full of discovery. 

Explore Local Producers

You’ll spot Logie Whisky as you arrive.  You may wish to dive straight in there to explore the wonderful range of local whiskies and gins they have in stock. Duncan’s Gin is based here, so get a taste of that if you can! Local beers and other spirits, accessories and glassware – there is lots to choose from.  Often there are tastings available, so you may want to draw straws in advance to allocate driving duties!  If you have children with you, the adventure play area is great fun.  A look around the Gardens and the garden centre is a must, and of course the shop where the home reared long horn cattle beef is on sale. The Gallery has work from local artists, and there’s a selection of local artisan producers and retailers to explore. 

Refresh yourself at The Olive Tree Cafe, and reward yourselves with their home bakes and fresh soups and lunches, all lovingly made on the premises, using local ingredients.

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If you have time, explore the riverside walks on the estate. This link will tell you more, written by Jo Laing, who lives there.

Once Logie has been thoroughly explored, head back through Forres and out to the coast at Findhorn.  Take a tiny detour to explore the ruins of Kinloss Abbey dating back to the 1100s.  It’s free to get in and information boards will tell you more about its long history.

Beautiful Moray Coast

Findhorn itself is one of those unexpected delights of the Moray Coast.  It actually feels more like Devon than Scotland as the River Findhorn comes down to the coast at a wide sheltered estuary.  It leaves sandy shores, tall trees, wading birds, seals and fishing ospreys in the summer months, as it reaches the sea.  The bay is shallow, although with fast tidal currents.  There are leisure boats at anchor, several pontoons, a Yacht Club complete with seafood restaurant, two pubs, both of which specialise in seafood, and the Captains Table, a small informal café and ice cream shop right beside the shore. 

Don’t Forget your Binoculars!

Walk around the point or across the sand dunes and you’ll find yourself on a long sandy and pebbly beach.  At high tide it’s mainly shingle, but at low tide the sandy expanse can take you around 11 miles right along the coast to Roseisle, and then Burghead. You probably don’t have time for that today, but do explore the bay, and the main beach too.  You’ve a good chance of spotting the resident bottle nose dolphins from the shore, so don’t forget your binoculars. 

Once you’ve walked up an appetite, discover The Bakehouse in the centre of the village.  Home made breads and cakes, fresh local vegetables and produce, all combine for a wonderful culinary experience.  You can also pick up something here to take home for later if you’ve still got room!

It’s just 10 minutes or so back to Forres or your hotel of choice from here.  We hope you enjoyed your day out?  Why not do another one tomorrow or next weekend?  Elgin and Lossiemouth are right next door!