Great family adventures at Millbuies

A brilliant place to relax when visiting Moray is the incredibly beautiful Millbuies loch.

Millbuies is a lovely relaxing place for all the family

I often enjoy going for relaxing walks in scenic areas with my wife and son.  The feeling of finding a peaceful spot where you can take in beautiful scenery with your loved ones and feel like you are the only people in the world is unmatched.

We often venture to Millbuies, a fantastic loch surrounded by beautiful trees for family picnics, barbeques, fishing, or just to escape.

The loch has fantastic facilities which make it a great destination for a family day out.  There is a grass area for the kids to play, or for a picnic or a barbeque.

You can take a relaxing stroll around the loch, with your loved ones, kids, friends, or on your own in around an hour.  It is a simple, tranquil walk, with a mostly flat, level path with good surfaces.

Millbuies is the perfect spot for some fly-fishing | Credit: Anne Burgess

The total distance of the route, that takes you all the way around the stunning loch and back to where you started, is around 1.5 miles.  The circular path allows you to take in so much beautiful scenery, never retracing your steps.

We have had many great strolls and fantastic picnics at Millbuies, soaking in the scenery and enjoying each other’s company, far away from the hardships of everyday life.

Millbuies is not short of fantastic wildlife either, with red squirrels, roe deer, badgers and rabbits hiding in the trees.  If you are really lucky and quiet you might also see pine martin hidden among the rhododendrons and trees.  There is also often exquisite looking dragonflies fluttering through the sky.

On the loch itself you might see mallards, tufted ducks, moorhens and swans enjoying a leisurely paddle.  Meanwhile, underneath the surface of the loch there is a large amount of rainbow trout, blue trout and brown trout swimming around, making it the perfect spot to hire a boat and go fly-fishing.

There is lots of beautiful wildlife at Millbuies, including this lovely duck having a paddle

There are five boats available for hire at Millbuies, making booking in advance essential (by calling 079601434983) as there is no bank fishing allowed on the loch.

With 16 acres of loch to fish in, no one is ever stepping on anyone’s toes, or getting in anyone’s way, making it an even more relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Millbuies Loch was created by the damming of streams to provide angling facilities on the loch.  It was taken over by Moray Council in 1975 and the fishing was extended to members of the public.

This beautiful and tranquil loch can be found only a 20 minute drive from your stay at Carden Cottages.  There is even a free car park for you to leave your car behind and enjoy being immersed in nature!

Discover the history of Findhorn at the Icehouse and Heritage Centre

The Findhorn Village Icehouse and Heritage Centre are fantastic places to explore when staying with Carden Cottages.

No secrets of what lies within are given from the outside of the Icehouse | Credit: Tim N

 

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.

The Findhorn Heritage Centre and Icehouse have some interesting displays about the history of the area | Credit: Lightfolio

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.