With the long summer days and the recent glorious weather (long may it continue!), there is no better time to savour wonderful food and drink outdoors, while your eyes feast on the stunning Speyside scenery. Summers were made for drinking in the beautiful coastline, rugged hills and winding rivers – and don’t some things just seem to taste even better when doused in summer sunshine?
Fish and chips and a summer day at the seaside go together like a bucket and spade. What could be more perfect than ending a day soaking up the gorgeous Moray seascapes than a dinner of delicious fish and chips? The Bunty Fish and Chip Shop in Findhorn, only open during the summer months, is hugely popular with visitors and locals alike. (You often see the queue snaking outside, especially on those lovely sunny evenings). Take your mouth-watering meal down to the piers, or sit on the beach – there is nothing quite like alfresco dining by the sea whilst the sun sinks into the Moray Firth.
Pick Your Own Picnic Fruit
Summer inevitably means picnics and in the Speyside area you are spoilt for choice with picturesque picnic spots, from river banks to quiet woodland. Why not pick your own fruit to take on your summer picnic? Wester Hardmuir Fruit Farm, just passed Brodie on the A96, opens in early June each year and is a fantastic place to stock up on tasty fruit. The fruit on offer changes with the season, and currently you can pick your own strawberries, raspberries, black and red currants, and gooseberries (and all available ready picked, of course, if you are short of time). There is also a variety of vegetables available to buy in the shop as well as free range eggs, honey and homemade jam. And you don’t have to go far to enjoy your pickings – there is a picnic area at the farm.
An Ice Cream or Two
What summer’s day is complete without an ice cream? As well as the many lovely ice cream shops along Moray’s coast, you could sample the range of flavours at the Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour and Balvenie St Ice Cream in Dufftown. Winners of ‘Great Taste’ Awards, the Ice Cream Parlour in Fochabers has 26 homemade flavours from which to choose, including Granny Annie’s Honeycomb, Rich Belgian Chocolate and Rhubard and Elderflower Sorbet.
Balvenie St Ice Cream opened in 2013 and being based in the Malt Whisky Capital, it isn’t surprising that their fantastic 20+ selection includes real whisky ice creams.
After all, enjoying the great outdoors in Speyside is such food for the soul, it’s only fair you give your taste buds a treat too.