We’re just back from a weekend in Inverness, staying at the excellent Mansley Highland Apartments and cruising Loch Ness, but en route from Aberdeen we needed somewhere to stop. Somewhere the tots could roam a little, get a bit feral, get fed, before bundling them back in the car. It’s only fair on car trips to break the journey up a bit.
Findhorn is a destination in its own right but it’s an ideal pit stop too. We arrived at the beach where my husband assured me we’d see seals. This immediately got our wee Octonauts out of the car, wellies on, quick smart. We followed the shoreline to the end of the bay, past the sailing school, followed the waterline by crossing over a sand-dune till we hit the Moray Firth and, yes, there were the seals. Basking and flipping around in the sand, the seals were a little far off for my tots to fully appreciate, but I was delighted to see them in the wild. The beach and bay are ideal for little ones to let off a little steam.
After an hour of beach walking, combing, splashing and stone throwing, hunger set in. There’s a cafe right on the shoreline but we made our way to the Findhorn Foundation, an experiential learning centre and ecovillage on the Moray coast that runs workshops and welcomes visitors on site. I adore the food here so we stopped at their Cafe with its rich offering of vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and raw food. I don’t follow a particular diet or suffer any intolerances but I love good food. Our tots tore into their Homity pies and I went for mushroom and leek followed by a raw bannoffee cheesecake. Healthy, homely grub.
The Foundation is great for little legs to explore. The housing is eco friendly, colourful and I wish more of Scotland’s housing was as engaging and environmentally friendly as this. The communal buildings are quirky and attractive. I also have a soft spot for the mugs made at Claysongs Ceramics. Their simple style and motifs make you look on the brighter side of life.
Whilst Findhorn is easy to spend around a couple of hours in eating and exploring, you can equally dine and dash. On the way home we simply swung past the Creperie at the Foundation: service wasn’t exactly fast but the freshly made healthy savoury dishes or sweet treats were a simple delight. Mr Boy scoffed a mushroom and vegan cheese crepe, I savoured my spinach, mushroom and cheese crepe, and it’s safe to say the Nutella and banana crepe went down well with Mr Husband.
Anyone interested in scenery, wildlife, the environment, architecture or good food will find a reason to visit this nugget on the Moray coast. As far as pit stops go Findhorn is a five star favourite.
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