RAF Lossiemouth was built from 1938, a time
when World War Two was breaking out. The Base
was mainly used throughout that War for Bomber
attacks in Northern Europe. After the War, the
Base was used for Aircraft such as Buccaneer,
Jaguar, Tornado, and Typhoon, for intercepting
Russian Aircraft and Ships. Some of these
Aircraft carried Nuclear Weapons.
There is an old Buccaneer Aircraft at the
Entrance to RAF Lossiemouth, but you are not
allowed near it, or even close to the Entrance
without a Loaded Gun pointed at you. There is
an area to the north of the Base where you can
watch for Typhoon Fighters taking off and
landing. You can spend hours or days waiting to
see this though.
Spynie Palace is 3 miles south of
Lossiemouth, off the road to Elgin. This Palace
/ Castle was built for the Bishops of Moray
from the 1200s. The Palace was abandoned and
fell into ruin after the Reformation in 1560
made Catholic Worship in Scotland illegal.
Spynie Palace is now preserved to serve as a
800s - there was a Pictish settlement here
with Carved Stones from that Settlement held in
900s - a Celtic Hermit named St Geradine
lived in a Cave in this area.
1207 - the Bishops of Moray had a small
Cathedral and Palace at Spynie, 3
miles south of Lossiemouth.
1296 & 1303 - King Edward I of England
stayed at Elgin Castle during the First War of
Scottish Independence, a time the English
were in control of this area.
1308 - forces of Robert the Bruce began
pushing the English out of Scotland, with Bruce
becoming King of Scotland.
Lossiemouth evolved with the settlements of
Kinneddar, Stotfield, Seatown, and Branderburgh
1380s - records show Lossiemouth was being
used as a Fishing and Trading port.
1764 - the Harbour at Lossiemouth was built
for for Merchants based in Elgin, so they could
bring in larger Trading Ships.
1806 Christmas Day - the three Fishing Boats
and most of the Fishermen here died during a
1839 - the Harbour was enlarged for Trading
Ships and the Herring Fleet that was building
up. The Herring Fleet was made up of small
Boats such as two masted Luggers, Skaffies,
Fifies, and Zulus.
1852 - the Morayshire Railway opened,
connecting Elgin and Lossiemouth. This line was
partly funded by the Speyside Whisky
Distilleries so they could use the Port of
Lossiemouth for transporting Whisky.
This was a busy time for these Railways as
Herring Fishing was at its peak.
The area prospered through Fishing, Whisky,
1858 - the Railway connecting Inverness and
Aberdeen opened with a station at Elgin. This
led to an increase in people on Holiday at
Lossiemouth with its long West Beach.
1889 - Lossiemouth Golf Club was
1906 - powered Fishing Boats began entering
service such as Steam Drifters
and Seine Netters.
1918 - the East Beach Footbridge was built
to allow people on holiday to use that amazing
Beach as well.
1938 - RAF Lossiemouth was built as the
Second World War began to spread throughout
1940s - the Second World War led to most of
the Fishing Boats being laid up, with few ever
being used again.
1964 - the Elgin to Lossiemouth Railway
2019 - the East Beach Bridge was closed
2022 - a new East Beach Bridge was