Four miles south of Findhorn is one of Scotland's oldest agricultural towns, and of special interest is the pretty flower-filled parks and the twenty-foot Sueno's Stone. Visitor guide to Forres in the North East coast of Scotland. Includes details on local accommodation.

Phone code: +44 (0)1309

Twelve miles west of Elgin is the solid little town of Forres. On Invererne Road is Benromach Distillery, which is on the Malt Whisky Trail. [Oct-Mar Mon-Fri 1000-1600; Apr-Sep Mon-Sat 0930-1700; also Sun Jun-Aug 1200-1600. Tel. 675968, www.benromach.com] On the eastern edge of town is the 20-ft highSueno's Stone, one of the most remarkable and important Pictish carved stones in Scotland. In the tow itself is the small and very charming Falconer Museum (STB 5 star) Opening 10-5 winter and 10-6 in the summer months. http://www.moray.gov.uk/moray_standard/page_624.html

 

Local Sights & Activities for Forres

Sightseeing

About six miles south of Forres is one of the northeast's best-kept secrets, the very beautiful Randolph's Leap, a spectacular gorge on the River Findhorn which is the perfect place for a picnic, or a swim in the river. To get there, head south on the A940 and just beyond Logie Steading take the right fork (the B9007) for a half a mile. It's on the right side of the road as you head south. It's also worth stopping at Logie Steading, where you can buy good-value arts and crafts. May-Oct daily 1100-1700, weekends from 1200. A few miles west of Forres is Brodie Castle.

Castles Nearby

Tor Castle (Castle of Dallas)

Keep of the Comyns/Cummings built around 1419. Rebuilt in 1450 by royal architect Robert Cochrane and probably inhabited until mid 17th century. Now ruinous and barely existent

Brodie Castle

16th century castle incorporating early work and including much later work. Now in care of NTS and open to public

Nearby Distilleries

Glenburgie-Glenlivet Distillery

Glenburgie distillery, established in 1810, was originally known as Kinflat. It is located near Forress, the town is famous as the location of Knock Hill where Macbeth is said to have met 'the weird sisters'.

Forres Events

Findhorn Bay Arts Festival

This event is aimed at celebrating the cultural richness and diversity of Moray apart from enhancing the awareness of the natural beauty of Moray.

Wildhearts Wolf Trek

Epic 24 hour, 45 mile trek across the Cairngorms in teams

Forres Highland Games

A traditional Highland games including massed pipe bands, Highland dancing, tug o’ war, athletics, heavy events, solo piping, grass cycling and a 10k road race. Adult £5, Child/Concessions £2 Tel: 01309 673289 www.forreshighlandgames.fsnet.co.uk

European Pipe Band Championships

Enjoy the sight and sound as 100 Pipe Bands compete to be the best in Europe at the European PipeBand Championships.

WildHearts WolfTrek

An epic team challenge through spectacular terrain from magical Moray to monstrous Cairngorm Mountain, past the eerie ruined castle of the infamous Wolf of Badenoch.

Forres Hotels & Accommodation

There's a surprisingly wide range of Accommodation in Forres. Best of the hotels are the excellentKnockomie Hotel, Tel. 673146, overlooking the town on the A940 south to Grantown. Late Rooms Availability for Knockomie Hotel in Forres

And the Ramnee Hotel, Tel. 672410, on Victoria Rd.Late Rooms Availability for Ramnee Hotel in Forres

Both have highly acclaimed restaurants.

A very good small 4 star hotel is the Cluny Bank HotelLate Rooms Availability for Cluny Bank Hotel in Forres

Among the many fine guesthouses and B&Bs are Springfield, Tel. 676965, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., on Croft Rd; Sherston House, Tel. 671087, at Hillhead; and Tormhor, Tel. 673837, at 11 High St.

Logie Steading Bookshop

Somewhat renowned bookshop, part of the larger Logie Steading site. Who doesn't love to browse for a few minutes through a well stocked bookshop? 

Logie Steading

South of Forres, a contemporary take on the tourist craft shop: browse and enjoy an art gallery, bookshop and various scottish crafts as well as their excellent tearoom Olive Tree Cafe.

Travel Directions to Forres

Forres is on the main Aberdeen to Inverness bus route and rail line, and there are regular buses and trains in either direction. Bluebird Buses Nos 310 and 311 run from Elgin to Forres, via Kinloss and Findhornseveral times daily (Mon-Sat).There's a Tourist Information Centre at 116 High St, Tel. 672938. Easter-Jun, Sep and Oct Mon-Sat 1000-1300 and 1400-1700; Jul-Aug Mon-Sat till 1800, Sun 1300-1800.

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