This week we have 5 things to do in Moray from Hannah at Saving Moving Mummy. Moray is really close to home for me – just a short drive or we can hop on the train. I was so surprised to find that we haven’t been to of any of these spots, and now I can’t wait to get dates in the diary to go.
Somewhere Free: Duffus Castle
My favourite free place in Moray has got to be Duffus Castle.
Whilst a small part of the castle still remains the rest is sadly ruins which you can easily spend a few hours clambering over and running around with the kids. Its free to enter (even the car park) and is owned by Historic Scotland. So go explore and take a picnic, on a good day you’ll be able to watch the Typhoons out of RAF Lossiemouth taking off and landing! I do suggest taking some wellies if it’s wet though as it could get a bit muddy!
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Somewhere For The Whole Day: Gordon Castle Walled Garden
We recently discover Gordon Castle Walled Garden. Although you can’t get into the castle as it is private the Walled Gardens and Children’s Play Area are open to the public.
The gardens are massive and they grow all the produce and flowers that you can think of! Often in the summer there will be an open air theatre production or even an open air cinema for visitors to enjoy. Our favourite part about Gordon Castles impressive garden is the Montessori based children’s play area, which is filled with a mud kitchen (complete with running water), a sensory garden and a massive area for them to dig and build out of mud/sand.
There is a café, a wee gift shop and also a teeny tiny veg hunt where you pay via an honesty box for the veg provided!
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Somewhere Outdoors: Bowhunter Archery
For this next one I’m going to take you a tiny bit out of Moray to a place called Bowhunter Archery. Bowhunter Archery is situated between Inverness and Nairn and if you miss this off your Moray/Highland to do list you will regret it! Complete with Zombies, Dinosaurs and the traditional targets you are bound to have so much fun you’ll want to keep coming back.
If you feel competitive enough with your group you can also play Combat archery which is basically dodgeball with special safety arrows (don’t worry no one will get hurt, unless they walk into a tree!).
Somewhere to Eat: 19 Crepes and Coffee
One thing you won’t do is go hungry in Moray! My absolute favourite lunch spot is 19 Crepes and Coffee which is tucked up a wee street in the centre of Elgin. If you hadn’t already guessed they make the most amazing crepes, coffee and even a bubble waffle. All the crepes come in either savoury or sweet and will fill you right up, they are honestly massive. The last time we went I indulged and also gained a few pounds by having a Bubble Waffle, it was so, so worth the calories. Although they don’t have a children’s menu they do have highchairs and fruit shoots… One crepe feeds my two toddlers with some left over!
Although there is no website you can find them by searching for ’19 Crepes and Coffee’ on Facebook!
Somewhere for a Rainy Day: Morayvia
Tucked in amongst the military houses of the old RAF Kinloss base, is the impressive hidden gem that is Morayvia. Morayvia is a little aircraft museum which was set up to preserve the legacy of the Nimrod. Inside this museum (which was once the old primary school for the RAF kids), is an array of plane parts, what the old nimrod squadrons ‘tea room’ looked like and also interactive learning with lots of buttons and even a flight simulator. If you are brave enough on a Scottish rainy day and want to venture outside, you get the opportunity to clamber in and out of a variety of decommissioned planes and helicopters.
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