Silversands Beach (Lossiemouth)
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Just to the west of the town of Lossiemouth, this beach offers a good stretch of pale, clean sand interspersed with rocks. There are fine views out over the Moray Firth and towards Spey Bay. The rocks of Little Skerries and Halliman Skerries can also be seen offshore at low tide.
A caravan park and two golf courses lie behind the beach, beyond the dunes, as do the towers of Gordonstoun School where Prince Charles was educated from 1962 until 1967. The beach is popular with surfers, as well as being used by horse riders and sailing craft. The Moray Firth is a good place to spot dolphins, as well as the many birds and seals that frequent this area.
The proximity of the Gulf Stream ensures that this area of Scotland has some of the mildest and driest weather in the whole of the United Kingdom. This is good walking country, with plenty of trails and footpaths passing close by, including the Moray Coast Trail.
A short walk in a westerly direction will bring visitors to the Covesea Lighthouse, which was completed in 1846 and manned until 1984. Today, pre-arranged guided tours of the lighthouse can be arranged for some Saturday mornings from Easter until the end of October.
The nearby town of Lossiemouth has a museum, a marina and a good range of cafes, restaurants and places to stay. For aircraft lovers, the proximity of RAF Lossiemouth ensures that the frequent roar of powerful aircraft is a regular feature along this part of the beautiful Moray coast.