Burghead & Findhorn
The two villages of Burghead and Findhorn are situated at either end of the crescent of Burghead Bay, which stretches for seven golden miles in between. Burghead has been settled since at least Pictish times: an important regional capital with a major fort and subterranean shrine, both of which you can still visit. The 11th of January each year sees the Burning of the Clavie, a historic fire festival, return to the village. Findhorn has its own unusual appeal. Besides its beautiful position, almost surrounded by water and perched atop fragile sand dunes, it's also home to the Findhorn Foundation: eco-community and a thriving centre for alternative living.
|[View across Burghead Bay from Burghead Fort (April 2012)]|
Name: Burghead ★☆☆☆☆
Description: Headland village with picturesque harbour and Pictish connections.
Location: G.R.: NJ 112690 ///curbed.began.butchers
Name: Burghead Fort ★☆☆☆☆
Description: Earthworks of a Pictish fort with good views from the coastguard lookout (with newly extended visitor centre) built on top.
Location: West end of Burghead, G.R.: NJ 108692 ///rock.fitter.pampered
Open (2018): Fort: always. Visitor Centre: afternoons, April to September.
Name: Burghead Well ★★☆☆☆
Description: Ancient well - possibly once a Pictish shrine but later converted to a village water supply.
Location: King Street, Burghead village centre, G.R.: NJ 110692 ///paradise.resolves.lamp
Open (2018): Daily, but you have to pick up the key locally (see official website for details)
Name: Findhorn beach ★★★☆☆
Description: Miles of sand to choose from stretching east from Findhorn village, backed by dunes.
Location: North end of Findhorn, G.R.: NJ 037650 ///cement.quiet.liquids
Name: Findhorn Foundation ★☆☆☆☆
Description: Sustainable eco-village and spiritual community, thriving here since the 1960's or 70's.
Location: B9011 a mile south of Findhorn village centre, G.R.: NJ 051636 ///unfolds.finalists.helper
Open (2018): Most of site: always. Visitor Centre: daily, May to September; weekdays, October to April