Findochty

Findochty is a village in Moray, Scotland, 3 miles east of the town of Buckie.Findochty (pronounced 'Finechty') stands on the shores of the Moray Firth. With its painted cottages, a scenic harbour overlooked at the west by the local war memorial, and at the east by the white painted Church of Scotland, Findochty is a jewel of the north east of Scotland.

The village has basic amenities including a pub, small supermarket, library, and a pharmacy. There is a caravan site at the west of the village, conveniently sited near The Admirals pub. The caravan site has facilities for touring caravans and camping. There are some fixed pitch vans on site. The caravan park looks out onto a rock formation known as the Edindoune, and a bay past which the schools of Moray Firth dolphins can sometimes be seen. For sailors, there is a well serviced marina, with ample pontoons. The harbour is well protected from the elements by sturdy quays, one of which is topped with a small lighthouse.

There are coastal walks both east and west. To the east are cliffs, studded with caves. The cliffs are the home to myriad seabirds. There are substantial rock formations such as the "Priest Craigs", and the "Horses Head". West of the village lies the 18 hole Strathlene golf course which caters for day members. The golf course is bounded to the north by coastal footpaths and low cliffs, making the errant drive from some tees particularly costly. At the south side of the course lies the road linking Findochty to Portessie and Strathlene. Adjacent to this can be seen the remains of a small castle, or keep. Access to the castle is not normally permitted as it is located in the midst of a working farm.

Churches

There are a number of churches in this small village, a Church of Scotland congregation. The Salvation Army have an active outpost here and the 'Closed' Plymouth Brethren have two meeting rooms as their church halls are generally known. There is also a Methodist Church. The Plymouth Brethren at Station Road Hall have an annual Bible Conference every September which draws Christians from all parts of the British Isles and many overseas countries. Details of this are found on the BibleCentre website [http://www.biblecentre.org] .

External links

* [http://www.findochty.com/ census details going back to 1700s]
* [http://www.moray.gov.uk/census_2001/uvtownspop_findochty.htm Census data]
* [http://www.robinwilson.net/findochtycu/findochty.html Panorama from Findochty Pier] (QuickTime required)
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