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Riverview is perfectly situated between the historic town of Forres in Moray and the picturesque seaside town of Nairn in Highland – giving residents and holidaymakers the best of both worlds.

Just a 30-minute drive from Inverness airport and a seven minute drive from Forres Railway Station and situated just a few minutes from the main trunk road, the A96, getting to and from Riverview is easy.

In a nutshell, Riverview, which is situated in 35 acres of tranquil countryside, surrounded by trees and edging the River Findhorn is the ideal location to relax or explore.

Forres

Forres is your nearest town when at Riverview. A Royal Burgh since 1140, it is one of Scotland’s oldest towns.

Moray and in particular Forres is renowned for having its own micro-climate and is one of the driest place in Scotland.

The town itself boasts a mixture of independent boutiques, pubs and cafes whilst also catering for everyday requirements.

One of the gems in Forres has to be the stunning Grant Park and Cluny Hill area.

The grounds themselves are home to beautiful floral displays, a sunken garden, cricket pavilion, play park and three wood carvings which are fun for all the family to find.

If you want to explore Cluny Hill which sits above the park, you can enjoy the shady trails which take you to the historic Nelson’s Tower which was built as a monument to honour Admiral Lord Nelson.

Take the time to scale the tower which can be entered by donation, and you will be treated to 360 degree views of the stunning landscape.

More about Forres here.

Nairn

Nairn is your nearest town to the east and is just a 15-minute drive from Riverview. There are great, direct bus connections too so it’s easy to get to.

Nairn was once known as the Brighton of the North and is the ideal location for that perfect seaside adventure.

Nairn is an ancient fishing port and market town. It boasts two championship golf courses, award-winning beaches and arts and theatre venues.

It has a thriving High Street with beautiful independent shops and a bustling café, bistro and restaurant culture with options that stretch from the promenade right up to the town centre itself.

 

Nairn Museum

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.

Sueno’s Stone

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 Countryfare

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.

Benromach Distillery

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!

Forres is the start of the Malt Whisky Trail, a select collection of nine malt whisky sites that help you discover the story of Speyside’s greatest export. Benromach in Forres is the first stop.

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

Nairn Beach

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.

Grant Park

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.

Findhorn River

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.

Findhorn Beach

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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