Covesea

Miles of golden sand with lots of interesting features

Covesea is a wonderful place encapsulating everything that makes the area such a beautiful place to visit.

It’s a small village, but it has lent its name to iconic landmarks and natural features that makes make Covesea greater than the sum of its parts.

Lighthouse

Towering above the coastline for obvious reasons is the only lighthouse in Moray.

Now switched off, and managed by a community company as a tourism and heritage site with some of the building converted for holiday accommodation.

Built after a storm in 1826 when 16 vessels were sunk in the Moray Firth, it was designed and constructed in 1846 by Alan Stevenson, a member of the Stevenson lighthouse engineering dynasty.

Navigational safety is now provided by a beacon on the Halliman Skerries.

Tours of the lighthouse are available in the summer or by appointment at other times.

The original lens is on display at the Lossiemouth Fisheries and Community Museum.

See covesealighthouse.co.uk external link for more information.

Beach and caves

The Covesea beach is one of the finest stretches of sand that you will ever step on. Flat, smooth and shimmering in the sunlight, it is broken up with outcrops of black rock, sandstone cliffs, punctuated with caves big enough to stand up in.

One of the largest caves sits underneath the lighthouse and once housed families in its cavernous rooms. Some of the caves have been the subject of research by the Antiquaries of Scotland. The Covesea Caves Project external link has uncovered artefacts which suggest they were used as mortuaries. A number of bones have been excavated including the skulls of 16 children, in the Sculptors Cave.

There are many rock pools, perfect for families to explore, as the tide washes out. It goes quickly as the beach is flat, but be warned it comes in just as fast.

The beach is accessible from the town of Lossiemouth and car parks along the way, at the lighthouse, and Covesea Golf Links.

Covesea Golf Links

Many golfers favour this quaint and special links course. It sits on the cove between the Covesea cliffs and lighthouse.

It’s a nine-hole, pay-and-play course, with an undulating landscape and something for golfers of all levels.

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