I’ve been travelling back and forth to Elgin since I was a child and somehow never knew that Hopeman existed. It’s a tiny little coastal town with big treasures.
I’ve always struggled to find hotels in Elgin with family rooms. I also find my children get easily bored in a hotel environment, cabin fever I would call it. I decided to shake things up on our latest visit up north to see family. The West beach caravan park lies along the Moray coastline at Hopeman. They have conventional caravans and pitches for your own Campers. It’s a very well resourced park with laundry and showering facilities on site. For the weekend it was just me and Summer travelling so we opted to book into one of three wagons for a glamping experience. We do love an adventure!
The wagons sleep two people (one is also dog friendly), they come equipped with a shower room and toilet as well as cooking facilities and a small fridge. We hadn’t expected to find cooking facilities and although there is no supermarket in Hopeman there is a small shop within walking distance where we managed to pick up supplies.
The seating area converts from a dining table to a sleeping space in under two minutes. There was also a TV but we weren’t inside long enough to need it. All you need to bring with you is a duvet and pillows (or sleeping bags if you’re hardcore, in hindsight this would have been better, my six year old is definitely a cover hog!)
20 steps in front of the wagon and you’re on the steps to the beach. The beach has a huge stretch of sand but it also has rocky areas at each end which are super for little fingers to explore. Despite the weather turning colder Summer didn’t seem to care and we spent the entire time outside.
As you exit West Beach the locals are busy working on fishing boats in the Harbour, there is also a quaint little gift shop where you can stock up on buckets and spades as well as souvenirs.
There are ample picnic areas along the Moray Coastal Path overlooking the beach. I was surprised by the number of public toilets available which is an absolute bonus when you’re travelling with kids.
The Hopeman Hutties are a five minute walk along the coastal path; 40 individually painted Bach huts facing the water. Magical and a wee bit romantic!
We were lucky enough to join one of the owners for a cup of juice and he told us about the dolphins he regularly sees off the coast. I’ll probably pack some binoculars when we return and enquire about a boating trip. Nothing beats dolphin spotting in their own environment.
Just behind the huts we found huge play park with a skate park perfect for older kids. Although we had taken Summer’s bike she wasn’t interested in the skate park and just wanted to master her climbing.
On our last day we headed along to Burghead to eat at the highly recommended Bothy Bistro and it didn’t disappoint, I just wish we’d had more time to explore Burghead… next time!!
Hopeman, what a find! We’ll definitely be back for the 2020 season but with the rest of the clan in tow.