Top Things to Do in Fochabers with Kids – This Moray town offers a mix of activities on the doorstep, from farmyard to café culture, with a host of beaches and attractions nearby. It’s a rural and relaxed destination for a family day out. For more family activities in the area click here. [Visited in November 2020 as a Level 1 region.] *Contains Affiliate Links
This family farm offers a tour where little ones meet and feed the animals, then play in the farm yard on bales, an obstacle course, swing, before splashing in muddy puddles, and riding on toy tractors. My boys met an array of goats, sheep and hens, plus two Cuny Cuny pigs called Punk and Pickle, a Shetland pony called Ughea, and a shed filled with placid cattle. A self-led walk through the fields to dig for worms concluded our morning down on the farm. £10 per person. They simply adored feeding the animals.
The farm also offers barley/whisky tours for those adults interested in the precious grain that fuels the whisky industry. [Tractor driving sessions are also available but are temporarily suspended due to Covid. Keep an eye on the website for updates – byresfarm.co.uk]
At almost eight acres in size this walled garden is one of the largest kitchen gardens in Britain. It’s also one of the oldest, with evidence of a walled garden dating back to the 17th century.
The main attraction for kids is the Natural Play Area set within the Walled Garden. The playground is made from reclaimed materials from around the estate; it’s an earthy combination of wood and sand, with an excellent wee foot-operated water pump.
Also take time to meander around the gardens (check out entry prices here), buy vegetables from the honesty shop, and dine at the café. Gordon Castle makes its own line of toiletries and gin, which are for sale in the gift shop. Read a full review from 2018 here.
Renowned primarily for its soup and jams, Baxters is worth dropping into. The visitor centre includes a Victorian Grocer’s shop, akin to the one where the Baxters initially started selling their wares. There’s a mix of shops, including a food hall stocking some of the finest produce from across Scotland. One shop sells Scottish alcohol, from fine gins to craft beers, and a third shop is packed to the rafters with Baxters’ produce.
We swung past the café to share a ginormous pancake with cream and strawberries. The Baxters’ pancakes are legendary.
Fochabers is renowned for its wee icecream shop on the High Street. All ice cream and cakes are made on site, with milk from the nearby Lower Mill of Tynet Farm. We discovered this farm offers an unusual vending machine so we nipped along the road for a litre of the white stuff. Bring your own container or buy a sterilised bottle, and fill up! Eggs, honey and preserves also available. Cards accepted.
Select between a mix of forest walks, ranging from 1-2 hours in duration. Allow extra time for little legs. The longest route features a pyramidal monument and sweeping views to the mountains of Sutherland.
From Spring to Autumn this popular garden centre opens its Play Garden. The Soft Play Tent is closed due to Covid, but will hopefully reopen in 2021.
For an overview of more family friendly activities in Moray, from beaches to castles and gardens, click here. There is so much more to do within a short drive.
For attractions in close proximity to Fochabers, nip to Spey Bay for blustery beach walks, dolphin spotting and check when the Dolphin Centre reopens. Or visit Cullen – discover a family walk, and things to do in the surrounding area.
Head west to Elgin to visit the ruined Cathedral, Johnston’s of Elgin, Glen Moray Distillery and the ruins of Duffus Castle. Or head inland for Strathisla Distillery in Keith.
We drove directly from Aberdeen to Fochabers, which took around 1.5 hours. Private transport is recommended to achieve every activity highlighted above. And we stayed at the nearby Cullen Bay Hotel, and I can wholeheartedly recommend the food, especially the Cullen Skink and Seafood Platter. If you’d prefer glamping then read more about the wonderful Macbeth’s Hillock in Brodie.
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