Situated on the Moray coast, Forres a Royal Burgh since 1140 is one of Scotland’s oldest, and arguably most picturesque, towns having won several Britain in Bloom and Scotland in Bloom competitions for its beautiful floral displays.
Having a micro-climate Forres enjoys being one of the driest places in Scotland certainly a plus for exploring the area. If you are a whisky-lover, adrenaline addict or history buff, there’s something for you in Forres.
In the town you will find your everyday requirements; Post Office, Health Centres, Vets, Leisure Centre, Chemists, Food Superstores, Newsagents, Bakeries, Butchers, Hairdressers, Beauticians, not to mention the thriving café culture and well stocked Garden Centre. Other local towns include to the west the Royal Burgh of Nairn also known Brighton of the North and to the east Elgin, a thriving shopping town with many well-known High Street shops including Marks & Spencer, TK Maxx and Waterstones.
As well as this Forres has extremely good transport links with a regular rail service to Aberdeen and Inverness and daily bus services that pass through the town. Only 25 minutes drive away on the A96 is Inverness Airport which has regular flights to all over the UK and Europe.
Situated in Viewfield House, Nairn Museum offers visitors and locals alike a fascinating insight into the life and times of the town and surrounding area over the centuries. The wide range of permanent displays featuring various aspects of Nairn’s history are well laid out and informative and, in addition a huge collection of archive material is available for study. Each year there is also a special programme of visiting exhibitions. The Museum particularly welcomes children, providing a range of pick-up-and-touch exhibits and a safe play area.
The most striking thing about Sueno’s Stone is its enormous scale. It stands over 6.5m or 21ft high and carries intricate carvings that completely cover the front and rear faces of the stone, and its sides.
The western or front side of the stone carries a huge ring headed cross, the body and surrounds of which have been filled with interlaced knotwork designs.
Brodie Country Fare
Situated in a relaxing rural environment just a few minutes from Brodie Castle, Brodie Countryfare is a wonderful day out and well worth a visit.This unique country store comprises several different departments for all of your shopping needs. The restaurant provides the ideal opportunity for a delicious coffee or a meal with family and friends. Every dish is freshly prepared on the premises using only the finest ingredients, from the rich natural larder of the north east of Scotland.
Moray has more than 50 whisky distilleries and the Speyside region has more distilleries than any other part of Scotland. Or the the world for that matter!
Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course
Ballindalloch Castle Golf Course, with its nine holes and 18 tees, provides a fair test for golfers of all standards. The golf course is set on the banks of the Avon River, among 150-year-old trees and with marvellous views of the surrounding purple heather-clad hills and native birch woods.
This Ballindalloch course was designed by Donald Steel and Tom Mackenzie, both internationally recognized golf course architects. They created a heady mix of challenging golf and aesthetic appeal, just as they have done at their other famous Scottish design, the Carnegie Course at Skibo Castle.
Brodie Castle, National Trust for Scotland
Acres of gentle Moray countryside surround the rose-coloured Brodie Castle, ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 400 years, although their family seat has been here since the 12th century. See how changing times altered the castle’s shape and purpose. The impenetrable 16th-century guard chamber is flanked on one side by a cosy 17th-century wing and on the other by a sprawling Victorian extension
This superb sandy beach is backed by low sand dunes and a promenade with an open, grassy links area.
Central Beach stretches from The Nairn Golf Club in the West End to the Harbour at Fishertown, with stunning views over the Moray Firth towards Cromarty. You’ll enjoy magnificent sunsets here throughout the year and even more magical glimpses of the Northern Lights in the dark skies over the Firth during winter.
Its coastline is home to a resident school of dolphins. There is also a great range of coastal walks in either direction with a nature reserve at Kingsteps in the east and a viewpoint to the west.
Lying on the east side of Forres High Street, Grant Park and was gifted to the town by Sir Alexander Grant,
it has traditional gardens and the floral sculptures form the centrepiece for the Forres entries in the “Britain and Scotland in Bloom” competitions.
The sunken garden was created on the site of Forres House which was destroyed by fire in 1970.
Cawdor Castle & Gardens
A traditional Scottish Castle built and inhabited by the Cawdor family for over 600 years. Cawdor Castle with its iron yet gate, moat & drawbridge, turrets, turnpike stairs and vaulted 16th century kitchen is steeped in intrigue and history.
Uniquely for a Scottish Castle, Cawdor boasts three very different gardens. Each with their own history that generations of owners have, transformed, and extended.
The River Findhorn is one of the longest rivers in Scotland at over 62 miles. Located in the north east, it flows into the Moray Firth on the north coast. It has one of the largest non-firth estuaries in Scotland.The river provides excellent salmon and trout fishing and is popular with anglers from around the globe.
It is also one of Scotland’s classic white water kayaking rivers (varying from grade 2 to 4) and draws canoeists from across the country.
Close to the historic village of Findhorn, this is one of the most popular beaches on the Moray coast. It is a huge stretch of beach with lovely coloured beach huts on it. It is a good place to see seals hauled out at low tide on the sandbank at the mouth of the River Findhorn.
The top of the beach is shingle, so at high tide there is little sand exposed. Well worth a visit, and close to the beach, is the Findhorn Heritage Centre. The village itself has a couple of good pubs, a restaurant, a café and Public Toilets.
Forres Footpath Trust
The Forres Footpaths Trust is not only dedicated to identifying walking routes but also to protecting wildlife and enhancing the local environment.
Forres is very fortunate in having so many lovely areas where people can walk. By establishing these routes, the Trust hopes to have created an attractive amenity for visitors and to provide locals with the opportunity to rediscover their beautiful town.
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