Lossie WW2 defences

lossie view from beach WWII

During World War 2, the construction of a line of defences along the Moray coastline aimed to slow down a possible German invasion. Today in Lossie, you can explore the remains of these defences.

Essential coastal defences

In 1940, Britain was under threat of German invasion. As a result, a plan was put into action to defend any coastline where the enemy could easily land.

The Moray coastal defences ran between Cullen Bay and Findhorn Bay, through today's Lossie and Roseisle Forests.

Within the forest at Lossie, there's evidence of the variety of defences constructed. Firstly, there are the concrete foundations of a military camp. This is where the soldiers who constructed and manned the defences lived.

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Concrete anti-tank blocks ran the full length of the defences. They are no longer complete but long sections of the line are still visible on the edge of the forest.

Pillboxes were another part of the defences. Two alternating designs, square and hexagonal shaped, zigzagged a line along the coastline. Over twenty of these still remain at Lossie.

lossie pillbox interior

Depiction of soliders inside a pillbox at Lossie

On the edge of the forest, you will discover the ruins of a Coastal Battery, consisting of a number of structures. The long range guns stationed at the battery protected Lossiemouth port from attack by sea.

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Depiction of long range guns at Lossie

Find out more about visiting Lossie, and explore the fascinating remains of our defences during the Second World War.