Forres Travel Guide

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Forres Things to Do

  • Randolph's Leap

    This beauty spot is worth a visit. It is about 10 minutes drive south of town in the direction of Grantown on Spey.The River Findhorn runs through a deep gorge, giving some spectacular views. As with so many local sights, the surrounding countryside is almost worth the trip by itself. Apparently the name is misleading. It refers to one of the Earls...

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  • Sueno's Stone

    This is a Pictish standing stone. Scotland has many sites where similar stones (often in groupings) can be found, but this is a top rate example and more easily accessed than many.It is now surrounded by a glass case to preserve it from the effects of the elements and pollution.The stone is 23 feet high, and the largest sculpted stone in the UK....

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  • Cawdor Castle

    This is a real gem! A "must see" if you are in the area.It dates from about 1380, but has been added to and restored frequently since then. I could write pages about the place, but I'm trying to be concise and you should look at the website for more detail.Some essentials:-- check the website for current opening times (it is closed in winter)- do...

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  • Brodie Castle

    This is a 16th-century tower house full of art and antiques. You will see French furniture; English, continental and Chinese porcelain and an art collection including 17th century Dutch art, 19th century English watercolours, Scottish colourists and early 20th century works. The library holds around 6,000 books.The castle was the home of the Brodie...

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  • the distillery

    You can't visit Moray and not take in a distillery visit! After all, you have distilleries around every corner.The Forres one is not particularly famous when compared with the Glenfiddichs and Glenmorangies of this world, but part of the attraction of malt whisky is its diversity.So, take a couple of hours to visit Benromach. It is owned by the...

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  • Falconer Museum

    Located just off the High Street at the Tolbooth.I didn't have time to go in last time I was in town, but next time.From looking at the website, it is a typical local museum. It has a visitor centre too.

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  • Another special place to live

    I was reminded of the castles of Mar with this little number. The typical turret set at a corner is so reminiscent of their ilk though the large bay windows belied a modernity in this particular edifice.

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  • Brodie Castle - Grounds

    Brodie Castle has fine grounds as befits a stateky residence, It is famous for its long drive flanked by daffodils, of over 200 species, many of which are rare. Luckilly we were there at exactly the right time in April to see them in ful bloom.There is also a recently renovated ancient pond, with lovely woodland walks around.

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  • Brodie Castle - Pictish Stone

    In the grounds of the castle, there is a Pictish stone which was found in 1781 during excavations for a local church. It was moved here around 1840 and is sculptured with Ogham inscriptions including fish monsters and an elephant. This cross-slab of grey sandstone is known as Rodney's Stone with varying stories as to the origin of the name.

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  • Brodie Castle

    Set in peaceful parkland, this fine 16th-century tower house is packed with enough art and antiques to keep connoisseurs happy all day. It contains fine French furniture; English, continental and Chinese porcelain; and a major collection of paintings, including 17th-century Dutch art, 19th-century English watercolours, Scottish Colourists and early...

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  • Dallas Dhu Distillery -Fire Engine

    The distillery has an interesting exhibit of an old horse drawn, steam powered fire engine. It has some relevance to the local area, but I can't remember what exactly. Still it looks nice on the publicity photos.

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  • Dallas Dhu Distillery 2

    Some of the equipment at the distillery is getting a bit rusty these days, but the giant copper stills are worth seeing. It is a shame you don't get the smells of fermenting barley and distilling liquor.

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  • Dallas Dhu Distillery

    This former distillery has been developed to allow visitors to see in more detail how whisky is produced.Dallas Dhu was the last distillery to be built in the nineteenth century. Visitors can explore the old Victorian distillery and then enjoy a dram in the audio-visual theatre whilst watching the story of Scotch Whisky.We came away a bit...

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  • Findhorn

    Findhorn is a village in Moray located near the end of a small peninsula on the eastern shore of Findhorn Bay. Although endowed with beautiful scenery, it is best known for the Findhorn Foundation, a major international centre for spiritual retreat, education & personal transformation. In other words a bit of a hippy type community, or should I say...

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  • Torist Information Centre

    When in town it might ne a good idea to make the Torist Information Centre tour first stop. They are a mine of information on the town and the surrounding area.

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  • The Witch's Stone

    The Witch's Stoen at the side of the road, going out of town, marks the point at the bottom of the hill, from which suspected witches were rolled down the hill in spiked barrells. It doesn't say how many of them met there end this way.Sore point maybe?

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  • The Thomson Monument

    On the site of Forres Castle stands an obelisk commemorating James Thomson, who served as a surgeon in the Crimea and saved many lives.Although born in Cromarty the townsfolk, at that time, did not wish to have the monument placed there so it was erected in Forres and the reflected sunlight from the top stones can be seen in Cromarty across the...

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  • Nelson Tower

    Built in 1806 to commemorate Admiral Lord Nelson and his victory at Trafalgar. The Tower gives a superb view of Forres, Findhorn Bay and the Moray Firth. It wasn't open when we were there so we didn't bother walking up the hill - hence rubbish photo!Admission: FreeOpening hoursMay to September - 2.00pm - 4.00pm Closed Mondays

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  • St Laurence Church

    There are many fine buildings in Forres, but none dominates it quite like St Laurence Church, a magnificent neo-Gothic building towering over the centre of this ancient town. Today's St Laurence Church is the latest in a line of churches on the site. Its foundation stone was laid on 17 August 1904 and it was first used for worship just over 18...

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  • Sunken Garden

    Part of grant park, the Sunken Garden is part of the magnificent gardens that make Forres one of the UK's best floral towns. Nearby are also Floral Sculptures, Woodland Walks, Children's Play Area, Bowling Club, Cricket Pitch, and Picnic Areas.Unfortunately we were there in April, so it was just the bulbs and shrubs in flower, must come back one...

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  • The Falconer Museum

    Founded in 1871, the museum displays objects relating to Forres including musical instruments and memorabilia belonging to the late Roy Williamson of The Corries. Opening Admission: Free Hours of opening May to September10.00 to 17.00 Monday to SaturdayRestricted opening in winter11-13.00 and 14.00 to 16.00Admission: Free

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  • Mercat Cross

    The Mercat Cross signifies the towns right to hold a market. It stands in the centre of the High Street in front of the Tolbooth Building. It is in the Gothic style of architecture and stands some 13m high.The Cross is a miniature version of the Sir Walter Scott's Monument in Edinburgh.

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  • The Tolbooth

    Work on the present day Tolbooth began in 1838 but there has been a Tolbooth on this site since the twelfth century.The principal purpose of the Tolbooth throughout its history has been as a prison, courtroom, council chamber, collection office, treasury and archive storage.It is now used as a rent collection office for The Moray Council with the...

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  • Sueno's Stone

    This is what we came primarily to Forres to see. An ancient pictish standing stone - Sueno's Stone stands some 7 m tall. It was most likely erected just before the start of this millennium, possibly by Kenneth Mac Alpin - first king of the Scots after he defeated the kings of the seven northern Pictish kingdoms. It has recently been encased in...

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    by iaint Written Oct 21, 2011

    The town is on the Inverness/Aberdeen line, about 30 minutes east of Inverness and 90 minutes west of Aberdeen.

    If you're traveling from Edinburgh, sometimes Scotrail will send you in one direction and sometimes the other.

    All in all it takes about 4.5 hours.

    If you plan on going via Inverness in the tourist season, book seats. Those trains get busy. It's a long way to stand...

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Forres Off The Beaten Path

  • Logie Steading

    "Promoting Scotland's craftmanship & local produce". That's the claim.I've driven past countless times, as it's on my route from Forres to the south. I'd never gone in until July 13 - its close to Forres so why stop going in either direction?It was the urgent need for coffee & a scone which took me in last month. That worked well. The Olive Tree...

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  • the B9007

    This road runs between the A940 Forres-Grantown road and the Carrbridge-Grantown road, over Dava Moor.It is magnificent. You can often travel miles without seeing another car. Where else can you drive perfectly safely down the middle of a B road at 70mph +? The road is a mixture of tight, blind bends (requiring a lot of care and sensible speed) and...

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  • Dulsie Bridge

    Dulsie Bridge was built by General Wade in the mid 1700s as part of his road, bridge and fort building programme. It was aimed at bringing the unruly natives under proper colonial control after the Bonnie Prince Charlie uprising. 250 years later my wee Audi A3 crossed without a hitch.You need nerves of steel and x-ray vision to reach Dulsie Bridge....

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Forres Sports & Outdoors

  • Sluie

    It's a 2 mile walk which took me 45 minutes. Very pleasant, through pine woods along the top of a gorge which the River Findhorn passes through.The website I looked at in advance (see below) does flag up that the trees hide the river in summer, so it is a better spectacle when the trees have no leaves.I was there in early September, and agree with...

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  • The CanCans

    Local soccer club is Forres Mechanics, playing in the Highland League (one level down from the Scottish leagues). Colloquially referred to as the Can Cans, and playing against such esoterically named opponents as Clachnacuddin, Inverurie Locos & Wick Academy.Interestingly, the ground's record attendance is listed as 7,000 and the ground capacity as...

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  • Highland Games

    Unless the Can Cans produce some unexpected acts of magnificence, the town's sporting event of the year is the annual Highland Games.You will see Highland dancing competitions, pipe bands, tossing the caber etc, "mainstream" athletics and cycling.Fun for all the family!Check the games' website for dates.Has a reputation for always being held on the...

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Forres Favorites

  • Walk back in time

    Claimed to be one of Northern Scotland's most unusual attractions, it's also one that is unique in Britain. Pluscarden Abbey is a little way east of Forres. It is the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and being used for its original purpose. Founded in 1230 by Alexander II, its site in a sheltered, south-facing glen...

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  • Pluscarden Abbey

    Tipped off by a fellow VTer, I headed off to Pluscarden Abbey. Here is your actual working abbey, just like it would have been a thousand years ago, albeit with a few modernizations.I had made my way into the abbey and was admiring the interior when a monk came and went like a ghost in the night. I was absolutely stunned. What should I have done?...

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