Moray Firth Coast Fun
Last month we took Grandma, up visiting from Bedford, out to the main Hopeman beach. The gorse was in full bloom, so halfway to the beach we all lined up for our early Spring tradition: burying our noses carefully in the sunny yellow bushes and taking our first deep sniff of the year of its heady, coconut suntan lotion scent. Ahhh, if only it could be bottled!
Lungs full, the minxes skipped past the fossilised dinosaur footprints, counted the dolphins on the freshly-painted beach huts, then tumbled down the soft dunes onto the nearly empty sandy beach below.
We spent a happy few hours seal-spotting (Grandma), turning over stones to find winkles, mussels and starfish (Mummy & Rose, 2), collecting seaweed to mix into a stew to turn sisters into toads (Lily, 4), constructing a mermaid collage from shells, stones and driftwood (Poppy, 6), and indulging in a spot of chossy bouldering on the sandy, sea-polished rocks (Daddy, 33¼).
Surprisingly the 3 minxes didn’t need their fleece-lined waterproof dungarees to keep the spring chill from the wet sand out. They’ll be packed for our next trip when we’re introducing the girls to camping near Aberdeen. Gulp!
About the Author
About Me & Mine
Hello! I’m Jay, married to Jon, living in North East Scotland with our 3 daughters: Maxi (10), Midi (8) and Mini Minx (6).
Favourite place in the world:
It’s hard to choose between the stretch of Moray Firth coast between Findhorn and Cullen, and Westray (a northerly Orkney island). Both have an amazing diversity of beautiful coastlines in a small space (empty, clean, sandy beaches; crystal-clear rockpools; crags, cliffs and stacks), fascinating wildlife, friendly people and endlessly interesting weather. Bar visits to friends and relatives, we’ve taken all our holidays in Scotland, north of where we live, for many years. We’ve still barely scratched the surface of this beautiful country.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Rock-pooling and scrambling on local beaches; camping; walking in the gentler local hills; foraging for fruit and jam-making ingredients; and growing our own fruit and vegetables against the combined deterring efforts of our cat and the weather.