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3 Places to Visit with Kids in GreaterSpeyside

Guest post by Emma Gibb

With family in Findhorn, we spend a lot of time holidaying in the Greater Speyside area.  We usually spend a lot of time on the beach (the Moray Coast is a treasure trove of beautiful fishing villages, sandy beaches, and picturesque coves) and take the kids to local attractions such as Brodie Castle, Logie Steading, Gordon Castle Walled Garden and Landmark Forest Adventure Park.  As well as visiting the places we know and love, I am delighted when I discover new walks/attractions to add to the list.  Here are three family-friendly places we experienced for the first time during a recent visit to the area.

Morayvia

I was amazed that during the many visits we’ve made to Findhorn in the last couple of years, we had no idea that this fantastic attraction was so close by.  Morayvia is now the number 1 thing to do in Moray according to Tripadvisor.  This Sci-Tech Experience Project is a fascinating place to visit, for all ages, and it was definitely the highlight of the holiday for my 5 year old son (and possibly also my husband, who had a similar grin for most of the time…).

Morayvia, Kinloss

Morayvia

Morayvia, Kinloss

Their Science and Technology Experience Project (STEP) aims to bring together a number of disciplines from aerospace and astronomy to technology in the one visitor centre.  The littles climbed in and out of two cockpits, helmets and all, completely in their element pushing all the buttons and pulling levers (with no one saying: ‘Don’t touch!’).  Outside, they went in the 40ft section of Nimrod and a complete Sea King SAR Helicopter.  What could be more fun for growing imaginations.

Morayvia, Kinloss

Morayvia, RAF Search and Rescue helicopter

Morayvia in Kinloss

Morayvia, Kinloss, Moray

(Morayvia is now closed for winter and will reopen on Saturday 31st March 2018).

The Gruffalo Walk, Culloden 

This leafy lane in Culloden has a number of wonderful tree carvings, created by Iain Chalmers of Chainsaw Creations.  It is a very short walk (if you take the turning for Culloden House Hotel and then park immediately on the right, you are close to Culloden Avenue).  The Gruffalo and his friends entranced my children the most, but they also adored the dragons and the wizard.  Magical!

Culloden Avenue, Gruffalo Walk

The Gruffalo Walk, Culloden

Gruffalo sculpture, Gruffalo Walk, Culloden

Dragon carvings, Gruffalo Walk, Culloden

Wizard, Gruffalo Walk, Culloden

An Lochan Uaine (the Green Lochan)

As a child, I loved day-trips to Aviemore.  As an adult, it is still one of my very favourite places.  I thought that I had explored quite a bit of the area until I saw photos of the An Lochan Uaine (or the Green Lochan).  Located in the Glenmore Forest Park, it is a gorgeous green-hued loch (where the fairies do their washing, apparently) that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t yet ventured to.  We actually visited the loch without children in tow for once, but there were lots of families walking and biking up and down Ryvoan pass.

Ryvoan Pass, Glenmore Forest Park

We started at the Glenmore Forest Park Visitor Centre and walked the loop up to the loch (onto Ryvoan Bothy) and back along Ryvoan pass.  I believe it is also known as the Troll Trail and, when we visited, there were signs along the path with different trolls/activities for children.  I know my two will enjoy following this trail when we’re next home and searching for the fairies at the loch…

Troll Trail, Glenmore Forest Park

An Lochan Uaine, Aviemore

An Lochan Uaine, Glenmore Forest Park, Cairngorms

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