Moray’s north-facing coast is lined with sandy beaches, its waters are home to seals, dolphins and various species of seabirds. It is a remote area with a small population, so despite the RAF bases at Kinloss and Lossiemouth, the area is generally quiet and peaceful.
The River Spey empties its magical waters into Spey Bay, and the valley’s famed whisky distilleries are a focal point for tourists to the area from around the world.
The coastal village of Cullen is known for Cullen Skink, a traditional soup made of smoked haddock, milk, potato and onion. It is an indication of the area’s reliance on the sea for food and trade. Nearby Buckie was the largest town in the former Banffshire, and has two harbours, Buckpool and Cluny, with shipbuilding, fishing and some support for the offshore oil industry.
Lossiemouth is a harbour town and was the port for Elgin, some five miles inland. There is a footbridge across the river Lossie to the sand-dunes opposite the town where waders and other seabirds can be viewed.
Further east are the wide sandy beaches around Burghead and Findhorn, with the still expanse of Findhorn Bay between the coastline and Kinloss. The Findhorn Foundation is a religious and teaching charity that operates from an internationally-acclaimed eco-village at The Park, Findhorn.
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