One of the deciding factors on where we visited during our 6 week Scotland road trip was whether it was dog friendly. So beaches, forest, lochs and rivers were high up on our places to go. Whilst researching the North East Coastline, part of the NE250 tourist route, we came across Findhorn Beach motorhome park. We were very excited to read that Scotland Government were trialling a number of sites for overnight motorhome camping facilities. Hurrah, well done Scotland.
So Findhorn Beach Motorhome Stopover was quickly added to our touring plans. When we arrived we were really impressed by this little village, fabulous beach and motorhome park. We would highly recommend visiting this lovely area and supporting this amazing community if you are planning a trip which includes the North East Coast (NE250). Keep scrolling to find out more.
Situated on the Moray coastline, Findhorn gets its name from the river that flows out onto the Moray Firth – The River Findhorn. Once an important commercial and fishing port, featuring a thriving shipbuilding industry with trading links to Scandinavia.
Findhorn is also a nature reserve providing plenty of opportunities for wildlife watching. From migrating seabirds to seal spotting at low tide along the sand bank at the river estuary, this stretch of coastline is also well known for its resident dolphins. Sadly we didn’t spot any dolphins but we did manage to see several seals along this coastline during our visit.
There are a range of facilities in the village of Findhorn including pubs, places to eat and places to stay. Head to the Findhorn Heritage Centre, a small museum which tells the history of the area. Within the heritage centre you will find out about the fascinating underground chambers, the area’s role during World War Two as well as the history of local salmon fishing.
Since 1962, the village of Findhorn has been home to an eco-friendly community. This unique, holistic community was founded on ecological principles. You can find out more about this fascinating community at Findhorn Foundation’s ecovillage – it is self-sustaining with over ninety ecological buildings.
National Trust Scotland Gift Shop
When did we visit:
We visited Findhorn Beach motorhome stopover in early September 2021. The weather was fabulous with plenty of sunshine so Dave and the dogs ventured into the sea for a swim but didn’t stay in for too long brrrr.
How to get to Findhorn Beach and Motorhome Stopover
Findhorn Beach is located North Shore in Forres, Moray, Scotland, IIV36 3YT, United Kingdom.
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What we liked about this site:
When the tide is out there is a spectacular, soft sand beach. Dog friendly all year round and with shallow waters, it was perfect for paddling or swimming with our dogs. Even in early September we pretty much had the beach to ourselves during the 2 days we stayed. The sand dunes provide shelter and make it a perfect spot for picnics, close to the car park. There are a row of brightly coloured beach huts, some of which were for sale, which were very attractive and added to the pretty beach vibe.
Parking is available to the north of the village of Findhorn, near the marina, offering access to the beach along a short boardwalk path over the sand dunes. Cars can park all day for £1 which we think is brilliant.
As well as the stunning beach there is a Motorhome Stopover, which is run by the local community. It’s very much like an Aire parking facility that you find right across Europe. Due to the increased tourism, especially in motorhomes and camper vans, Scotland are trialling a number of Aires. This is a very welcome addition and one that we hope is explored by more councils across the UK.
Points to note:
- Findhorn beach motorhome park is located next to the marina. Motorhome parking is on the right and is open all year round. When we visited in September 2021 it cost £15 per night with a maximum stay of 48hrs. You need to book online ahead of your visit as there are security cameras that will read your van registration and raise the barrier to permit access to the Aire. There is parking for 21 vans, facilities include toilets (open all night), grey waste and chemical waste disposal, fresh water and it’s dog friendly yay! See the link below for further details
- If you are travelling in a caravan or with a tent then you won’t be able to use the stopover. However, there is Findhorn Sands Camping Site nearby.
- Findhorn Parking – Community run Motorhome Stopover facility
- Findhorn Sands Camping Site – Camping facility for caravans and touring tents
- Visit Moray Speyside – Findhorn page with further visitor information
- Trip Advisor Findhhorn – don’t just take our word for it, check out the comments on Trip Advisor
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