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River, stream, or creek and dog-friendly campsites near Spey Bay, Moray

Surrounded by spectacular scenery of the Moray Firth, Spey Bay is a magnet for wildlife lovers.

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Cairngorms Glamping and Campsite

10 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Scotland
We have 10 non-electric pitches in a spectacular setting, surrounded by hills and the River Don. We also have Critter Corner, an area where you can get up close with our friendly animals. We have alpacas, pygmy goats, a donkey and more. We also have a couple of kids play areas. This is all included in the price. For £5 per person we have Cairngorms Kwidditch (a 9-hole disc golf course). You can also go alpaca trekking - £10 per child (16 or under) and £15 per adult. Children will need to be accompanied by a paying adult.
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The Loft Glamping & Camping

12 units · Motorhomes, Tents5 acres · Kinloss, Scotland
The Loft Glamping & Camping site is situated at East Grange Farm. This is a working farm that has evolved into a Wigwam Glamping and Campervan and tent camping site and a Venue. The "wilderness" campsite offers pitches suitable for Tents and small campervans whilst the Stackyard area is suitable for Motorhomes and Mega tents. All motorhome pitches have electrical hook-up and we have a number of electric tent pitches. Unfortunately we do not take caravans. Onsite we also have Wigwam cabins which are wooden camping cabins (Pods) that offer all year round protection against the elements. With heating, electricity, fridge, kettle and toasters. For those wanting a bit more luxury there are also ensuite Wigwam Cabins onsite with wood fired hot tubs. We welcome families, groups, well behaved dogs and do allow campfires outside the wigwams and at pitches and can provide fire hubs on the campsite (this must be pre-arranged). The Loft Glamping & Camping looks forward to welcoming you throughout the year Please visit our website for availability and to book.
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River, stream, or creek and dog-friendly campsites near Spey Bay guide

Lying on the eastern side of the River Spey, the small settlement of Spey Bay marks the point when the Speyside Way long distance footpath finally reaches the sea and turns along the shore towards the end point in Buckpool a few miles to the east. The settlement has a rich history of salmon fishing and to this day you can see the striking Tugnet Ice House where ice was once stored. Spey Bay is also home to a wildlife reserve with the largest shingle beach in Scotland. You can spot a variety of wildlife, including arctic and common terns, in its varied habitats, from coastal grasslands to saltmarsh and woodland.

Where to Go

Elgin

A 10-minute drive south, Elgin’s main attraction is the ruined Elgin Cathedral, home to a Pictish cross slab. There are also a handful of distilleries to explore. Nearby accommodation options include the chic pod run by Glampods, which is located in a rural area and surrounded by Highland cows and Valias Blacknose sheep.

Findhorn

A 30-minute drive west of Spey Bay, Findhorn is the starting point for the Moray Coast Trail, a 50-mile (80-kilometre) walking route that travels along the Moray coastline. Overlooking the water, Findhorn Bay Holiday Park has pitches for tents and tourers, as well as glamping pods, cabins and static caravans.

Aberlour

A 30-minute drive south of Spey Bay, the village of Aberlour lies along the southeast bank of the River Spey and is a gateway to Cairngorms National Park. Nestled within a Victorian walled garden within a short walking distance of the river, Speyside Gardens Caravan Park has pitches for tents and tourers, as well as static caravans for hire.

When to Go

For the best chance of warm and sunny weather, and enjoying the extended daylight hours, the best time to explore Spey Bay and its surroundings is from May to August. This is peak season, however, so it’s a good idea to make reservations for campsites in advance. The nature reserve is a great place to visit year-round. Visit between spring and summer to see butterflies; in winter for ducks and divers, and all year for dolphins.

Know Before You Go

  • Wild camping is legal throughout Scotland. However, if you choose to wild camp, be sure to adhere to the Scottish Outdoor Access Code. 
  • The closest train station is in Elgin, which you can reach by bus (the journey takes around 40 minutes).
  • The wildlife reserve is open year-round and admission is free.

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