A BRIEF HISTORY
Forres became a Royal Burgh in 1496, the whole area is full of history dating back to the Picts. The Suenos Stone is a 21 foot tall obelisk that dates roughly back to 980AD. No one really knows what the runes on the stone mean, which shrouds the stone in mystery.
Forres has many links to Macbeth as before he became king of Scotland in the 10th century he ruled over Moray from Forres. Although the castle where he lived is no longer here the area is referred to as Castlehill.
A9Birds, www.A9birds.com tailored trips for birdwatching and photographing. Full or half day trips. Seek out Ospreys, Golden Eagles, Black Grouse and many more.
North58 sea adventures, www.north58.co.uk offer a variety of trips to suit everybody out on the Moray Firth, join them for a Wildlife Adventure, or a Dinner Cruise, or charter a trip to suit your own personal occasion.
Moray is home to over 50 malt whisky distilleries, most of which are open for tours & tastings. Here in Forres we have the Dallas Dhu distillery which is a museum and also the family owned & run Benromach distillery (within walking distance) a tour takes approximately 1 hour.
Pluscarden Abbey is very close to Forres, www.pluscardenabbey.org, it is still inhabited by monks (the only medieval monastery in the UK that is) it is open to visitors. Music plays a big part of life at Pluscarden and the monks have been on TV many times and now release their recordings.
Culbin & Rose Isle forests offer hours of walking both in the forest and by the coast. Be sure to pick up a map in the car park as it is easy to get lost!
There are a number of visitor centres within a short drive of Forres.
- Logie Steading (www.logie.co.uk) has a selection of independent business and cafe. It is roughly 5 miles south of Forres. There is a river side walk and for the keen gardeners Logie House Garden. Dogs are welcome outside in the courtyard.
- Scottish dolphin centre is at Fochabers, a 30 minute drive from Forres. www.wdcs.org, where you can regularly spot bottle nose dolphins here at the mouth of the River Spey.
- Burghead Visitor Centre , www.burghead.com is located in the site of a former coast guard look out. Here you can hear about the history of the area from 400AD to the present time.
- Johnstons of Elgin, Cashmere centre. www.johnstoncashmere.com Johnstons has been creating wool & cashmere since 1797. You can shop, eat and join a free tour of the Mill daily.
- Speyside Cooperage www.speysidecooperage.co.uk is the only working cooperage in the UK. They will take you through a journey of wonder as you learn the life cycle of a cask.
- Baxters, www.baxters.com home of the Baxter products, soups & preserves and more.
- Brodie Countryfare, www.brodiecountryfare.com has a good hall, cafe, a home department plus men's & ladies departments.
For the more active guest, Aviemore is just under an hours drive from us and had mountain bike trails, skiing/snowboarding and mountain walks.
The Findhorn Foundation www.findhorn.org is only 6 miles from Forres. It is home to many people from all over the globe. With thousands of visitors each year it is a vibrant Eco village. Visit for the day or take part in one of the many courses on offer. Or just sit and relax at the Blue Angel Cafe.