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Findhorn: A Gem on the East Coast
Member Name: rosejay
Advantages: Stunning scenery, great beach, ecovillage, good cafes, good cycle links
Disadvantages: Hard to get around without a car, unsuitable for swimming
Findhorn is a beautiful seaside village in the North East of Scotland, about 30 miles East of Inverness and close to the Moray Firth. I lived near the village for the last 3 years and enjoyed the peace and quiet and the friendliness of the people. Findhorn has 3 caravan parks that get very busy in the summer, and its proximity to the Findhorn Foundation, a pioneering ecovillage, community and holistic education center, means that you're likely to encounter Scottish locals as well as many people from all over the world. In the village, you can find two pubs, The Crown and Anchor and the Kimberley. The Kimberley tend to be more popular as a hangout and drinking pub, serving traditional fare with spectacular views over the bay and to culbin forest beyond (also look for the seals popping up in the water). The Crown and Anchor has a bar and restaurant section- the restaurant tends to be really quiet but serves a wider variety of food- both pub classics and more unusual dishes. There are also some very good cafes in the village including The Bakehouse, part of the slow food movement, serving brunch, lunch and cakes/coffee. The Captains Table near the Findhorn Sailing Club is popular with families and sells teas, coffees, cakes and snacks and breakfasts at reasonable prices.
Findhorn is blessed with miles of sandy beach and extensive dunes, and this makes it a popular destination in the summer. However it is important to bear in mind that there is a strong and unpredictable current in this area, as well as concrete structures in the water along the beach that are covered at high tide. This makes it an unsuitable place for safe swimming and there are signs warning against it. Findhorn is 5 miles from Forres, a picturesque and small town at the top of Findhorn bay. From here there is a train station as well as regular bus links to Inverness, Aberdeen and Inverness airport. Forres has a lot of independent shops and cafes, as well as a post office, banks, and some high street stores.
Generally it is well worth having a car at your disposal if you plan to visit Findhorn. The village is beautiful but can be remote if you're relying on public transport to get around. However if you have a bike, you will be pleased to learn that the place is well placed for cycle routes, and the Findhorn-Forres road is paralleled with a separate cycle path that makes for an enjoyable ride around the bay.
Summary: A great place for families and a bit of peace with a difference