Lossiemouth is a Town on the Moray
Coast area of Scotland, 43 miles east of
Inverness, 6 miles north
Lossiemouth is popular for its two
Beaches, Museum by the
Harbour, Fast Boat Trips,
Spynie Palace 3 miles south,
and there are a number of Walks in
the area including the Moray Way.
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Top Attractions.
Touring Parks in the area.
The image top is of St Geradine's Church
completed in 1901. This Church sits on a High
Point in Lossiemouth on St Geradine's Road, one
of the first buildings you see when driving up
The second image is of St James Church also
high up on Prospect Terrace. This is the area
you get great views over Lossiemouth East
Beach, as seen right.
St James Church was originally built in the
late 1800s? as the High Free Church. The
original St James Church, at St James Square,
had structural problems, leading to this Church
being taken over to be used as St James Church,
a Church of Scotland with connections to St
Pitgaveny Street and Clifton Road look over
Lossiemouth Harbour and East Beach with Cafes,
Firth Hotel &
Diner, Marina, and the Lossiemouth Fisheries &
The Footbridge to the East Beach was closed
in 2019 awaiting repairs. This is one of the
top Beaches in Scotland, with the Council
stating they would fund the repairs as soon as
possible. The only people on the beach in 2019
were ones with Canoes and other Small
The Golf View Hotel is on
the west side of Lossiemouth, looking over the
Moray Golf Club, where you can have a meal
indoors or outdoors while watching Golf.
The Stotfield Hotel
also has views over the Moray Golf Course. This
hotel was built in 1895, when Lossiemouth was
becoming a popular holiday Town.
The Moray Golf Club
is situated next to Lossiemouth West Beach.
This Club was founded in 1889. There are
benches around the 18th Green, a great spot to
watch the Golf, and Watersports on the Beach
The West Beach at Lossiemouth has a Cafe, an
area popular for Watersports,
then it runs for miles west towards Covesea
Lighthouse. The West Beach has some areas
with large Concrete Blocks, placed there during
World War Two to prevent German Tanks from
being landed on the Beach.
is on the west side of the Town, where
Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4's are based for
intercepting Russian Aircraft encroaching on UK
RAF Lossiemouth was built from 1938, a time
when World War Two was breaking out. The Base
was mainly used throughout that War for Bomber
attacks in Northern Europe. After the War, the
Base was used for Aircraft such as Buccaneer,
Jaguar, Tornado, and Typhoon, for intercepting
Russian Aircraft and Ships. Some of these
aircraft carried Nuclear Weapons.
There is an old Buccaneer Aircraft at the
Entrance to RAF Lossiemouth, but you are not
allowed near it, or even close to the Entrance
without a Loaded Gun pointed at you. There is
an area to the north of the Base where you can
watch for Typhoon Fighters taking off and
landing. You can spend hours or days waiting to
see this though.
Spynie Palace is 3 miles south of
Lossiemouth, off the road to Elgin. This Palace
/ Castle was built for the Bishops of Moray
from the 1200s. The Palace was abandoned and
fell into ruin after the Reformation in 1560
made Catholic Worship in Scotland illegal.
Spynie Palace is now preserved to serve as a
800s - there was a Pictish settlement here
with Carved Stones from that Settlement held in
900s - a Celtic Hermit named St Geradine
lived in a Cave in this area.
1207 - the Bishops of Moray had a small
Cathedral and Palace at Spynie, 3
miles south of Lossiemouth.
1296 & 1303 - King Edward I of England
stayed at Elgin Castle during the First War of
Scottish Independence, a time the English
were in control of this area.
1308 - forces of Robert the Bruce began
pushing the English out of Scotland, with Bruce
becoming King of Scotland.
Lossiemouth evolved with the settlements of
Kinneddar, Stotfield, Seatown, and Branderburgh
1380s - records show Lossiemouth was being
used as a Fishing and Trading port.
1764 - the Harbour at Lossiemouth was built
for for Merchants based in Elgin, so they could
bring in larger Trading Ships.
1806 Christmas Day - the three Fishing Boats
and most of the Fishermen here died during a
1839 - the Harbour was enlarged for Trading
Ships and the Herring Fleet that was building
up. The Herring Fleet was made up of Boats such
as two masted Luggers, Skaffies,
Fifies, and Zulus.
1852 - the Morayshire Railway opened,
connecting Elgin and Lossiemouth. This line was
partly funded by the Speyside Whisky
Distilleries so they could use the Port of
Lossiemouth for transporting Whisky.
This was a busy time for these Railways as
Herring Fishing was at its peak.
The area prospered through Fishing, Whisky,
1858 - the Railway connecting Inverness and
Aberdeen opened with a station at Elgin. This
led to an increase in people on Holiday at
Lossiemouth with its long West Beach.
1889 - Lossiemouth Golf Club was
1906 - powered Fishing Boats began entering
service such as Steam Drifters
and Seine Netters.
1918 - the East Beach Footbridge was built
to allow people on holiday to use that amazing
Beach as well.
1938 - RAF Lossiemouth was built as the
Second World War began to spread throughout
1940s - the Second World War led to most of
the Fishing Boats being laid up, with few ever
being used again.
1964 - the Elgin to Lossiemouth Railway
2019 - the East Beach Bridge was closed