The Findhorn Village Icehouse and Heritage Centre are fantastic places to explore when staying with Carden Cottages.
Both the Icehouse and the Heritage Centre allow visitors to delve into the history of the area, delivering information about the salmon fishing industry in the Moray area and revealing the secrets of the Sands of Findhorn.
When I first visited these sites I didn’t know what to expect – but I was truly blown away by the vast amount of historic information that was on display, as well as the fantastic knowledge that the volunteers had!
The Icehouse contains fascinating underground chambers that were built to store ice for packing salmon on route to London. You can explore the almost 150 year old chambers and admire displays that teach you about different aspects of the local salmon fishing industry.
While exploring these intriguing underground arched chambers, you can learn about the history of ice houses, the life cycle of the Atlantic salmon, salmon net fishing across the Moray coast and a fisherman’s life in the bothies.
In the Heritage Centre you can learn the secrets of the Sands of Findhorn and enjoy hearing stories of the village all through history from knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers. With albums of historic photographs and texts on village history showcasing information covering all the way back to the earliest residents of Findhorn and the Bronze Age, this is the perfect place to go if you are interested in local history.
The Centre and Icehouse make learning about the history of Findhorn and its fishing industry interesting and exciting. This is mainly down to the work of the fantastic volunteers who gathered all the information together and do a wonderful job of greeting everyone and answering any questions you have.
The Findhorn Village Heritage Trust Centre and Icehouse are open from 2pm to 5pm daily in June, July and August. They are open on Saturdays and Sundays only during May and September. Entry is free, but a donation can be given to help support the facilities and the volunteers.
Findhorn is only just over a 15 minute drive from your stay at Carden Cottages, making it a must visit during your holiday.
The Moray Walking Festival is returning for another year from Friday 14th June to Sunday 23rd June – but Moray’s great walks are here all year round.
The festival allows you to explore and discover Moray’s natural, historical and cultural landscapes. With all sorts of activities including: walking, cycling, white water rafting, health walks, heritage events, bushcraft and more – there is something for everyone at Moray Walking Festival.
The main aim of the festival is to allow you to explore the stunning scenery that Moray has to offer. Whether you opt for a gentle stroll or a challenging hike, the beautiful surroundings will help you on your way.
Prices vary based on individual events, information and tickets can be found on The Moray Way website.
If you can’t make it in time for the festival, don’t fret! Incredible walking trails can be found in the Moray area all year round. There are plenty to choose from, including coastal walks, hill climbing and woodland adventures.
In fact, there are many walking trails that are right on the doorstep of Carden Cottages that will help you explore the area.
The Ancestor’s trail is a woodland walk of around 2.5 miles, with a few short steep sections and various surfaces. The beautiful woods was used in the Neolithic era for ceremonial purposes because of the Henge, where pottery and a Bronze Age axe mould were found.
Some fantastic wildlife can be found in this area, including roe deer, red squirrels and a large variety of bird life.
The beautiful loch, created by the damming of streams to provide angling facilities on the loch, makes for a beautiful, leisurely walk with picturesque views. It is a generally flat and easy trail, with a distance of less than two miles.
The area also provides plenty activities, including a grass area for play with picnic tables and barbecue points. Red squirrels, roe deer, badgers, rabbits and pine martins can also be spotted at Millbuies.
Linking existing walking routes to form a circuit of 95 miles, The Moray Way can be walked comfortably in six to nine days. The long route encompassed a wide variety of Scotland’s scenery into one walk including: beaches, clifftops, wide straths, farmlands, forests, open moorland and mountains.