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Forres is a town in Moray in north-east Scotland, with a population in 2011 of 12,587. By the second century AD it was sufficiently famous (it's unclear whatever for) to be known as Οὐάραρ εἴσχυσις - "Varar Estuary" - to Claudius Ptolemy of Alexandria. Forres has two whisky distilleries that can be visited and an elegant castle.

Get in

By train

1 Forres railway station is on the Aberdeen to Inverness line.

All trains are operated by ScotRail. It is about 30 minutes by train from Inverness, cost £9 single, or £13 day return.

By bus

There are regular buses to Inverness and Aberdeen, operated by Stagecoach. The bus from Inverness takes about 1 hour.

By car

Forres is located on the A96 Inverness to Aberdeen road. It is about 40 km from Inverness, or 120 km from Aberdeen.

Get around

It's a small town, easily walkable on foot.

See

  • 1 Sueno's Stone (Beside the A96 road, at the east end of Forres). A huge standing stone slab with Pictish carvings. It is now enclosed within a glass case, to protect it from the weather. (updated Sep 2016)
  • 2 Nelson's Tower. Open seasonally. Monument to the Admiral standing at the summit of Cluny Hill, Grant Park, and visible from virtually any location in the town. Boasts stunning views of the Moray Firth from the top. (updated Sep 2016)
  • 3 Dallas Dhu distillery museum, Mannachie Road, IV36 2RR (2km south of town centre). Apr - Sep: Daily 9.30am - 5.00pm, Oct - Mar: Sat - Wed 10am - 4pm. Distillery which operated between 1899 and 1983. £5.50. (updated Sep 2016)
  • Grant Park. A large park just to the east of the town centre. It includes a cricket pitch, bowling green, playpark, several floral displays, and a sunken garden. (updated Sep 2016)
  • 5 Brodie Castle (National Trust for Scotland), Brodie, IV36 2TE (5 km west of Forres, just off the A96 road), ☏ +44 1309 641371. March to October. 16th-century tower house, expanded into a grand mansion in the early 19th century. It has a collection of historic furniture, porcelain and paintings. The surrounding grounds include landscaped gardens, woodland walks, and a Pictish stone. £10.50. (updated Dec 2016)
  • 6 Falconer Museum, High Street, ☏ +44 1309 673701, ✉ museums.forres@moray.gov.uk. April to October: Tuesday to Saturday, 10AM to 5PM, Sunday 1PM to 5PM. A range of collections and displays relating to the history of Forres and the Moray area. Free. (updated Jan 2017)
  • 7 Benromach Distillery, Invererne Road, IV36 3EB, ☏ +44 1309 675968, ✉ info@benromach.com. Distillery producing Speyside single malt whisky. Tours and tastings available. From £6. (updated Jan 2017)

Do

  • Dava Way. Walk or cycle path running from Forres to Grantown on Spey. The full route is about 38 km (24 mi), passing through a mixture of woodland, farmland and moorland. Most of it follows an old railway line, so is away from roads and avoids any steep hills.  
  • Incur dreadful bad luck by quoting Shakespeare's Macbeth at inopportune moments. The Three Witches met on the heath just outside town, and King Duncan's castle was here while Macbeth's was in Inverness.
  • Transform human consciousness at The Findhorn Foundation, an alternative lifestyle village on Findhorn Bay.
  • Forres Highland Games are held in July on Grant Park in Forres. The next event is Sat 3 July 2021.

Buy

  • 1 Babalu, 68 High St., ☏ +44 1309 694800. (updated Apr 2017)

Eat

  • 1 Mosset Tavern, Gordon Street, IV36 1DL, ☏ +44 1309 672981, ✉ info@mossetttavern.com. Pub and restaurant. (updated Dec 2016)
  • 2 The Peppermill, 118 High St., ☏ +44 1309 672624. (updated Apr 2017)

Drink

Sleep

  • 1 The Old Kirk bed and breakfast, The Old Kirk, Dyke, by Forres (Leaving Forres heading towards Inverness, follow the signs for Dyke or Brodie Castle. The Old Kirk is opposite the farm at the Forres end of the village.), ☏ +44 1309 641414. Check-in: 5pm, check-out: 10am. This traditional Scottish Kirk was built in 1856. The conversion into a 3 room bed and breakfast is an imaginative blend of traditional materials and modern touches retaining the character without creating a gothic atmosphere. from £32 ppn per night. 
  • 2 Cluny Bank Hotel, 69 St Leonards Rd., ☏ +44 1309 674304. (updated Apr 2017)

Go next

  • West to the city of Inverness
  • East to Elgin
  • South towards Grantown on Spey and the Cairngorms National Park



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