Welcome to Forres

Please note that while this page will remain here for a while, our leisure and tourism content is now on a separate site Visit Forres, where you will find much more detail on things to see and do in the Forres area, including Findhorn, Rafford, Kinloss, Dunphail etc. You might also want to download our leisure and tourism app, which gives you all the information you’ll need in a handy little guide.

Forres is situated on the Moray Coast at the southern reach of Findhorn Bay. It is a small town with a population of around 13,000 including the surrounding villages of Kinloss, Findhorn, Rafford, Dunphail, Dyke and Kintessack.

It is on the main A96 road and rail route from Inverness (25 miles) to Aberdeen (80 miles), and at the western edge of the Moray County boundary.

Flower of Scotland

The former Royal burgh is perhaps most famous for its colourful floral displays and links to Macbeth. The colourful beds of Forres in Bloom repeatedly win accolades and the volunteers have been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, for their tireless efforts to keep the town looking beautiful.

And the reference to Flower of Scotland doesn’t just refer to the town’s beautiful gardens. The song, largely considered our unofficial national anthem, was penned by Roy Williamson of the Corries while he stayed in Forres. How coincidental that the town has become synonymous with flowers.

St Laurence Church, Forres is awash with colour in the summer.

King Macbeth lived here, and may have occupied the castle once situated on the hill at the west end of town. He was epitomised in the Shakespeare’s play of the same name, but the bard’s portrayal of the king was not the good man he is thought to have been in reality.

But there’s more to this Moray town than flowerbeds and Shakespeare.

It’s not by chance that Moray has been included in the top ten UK destinations, or that within this region Forres continues to be the jewel in the county crown.

Forres is steeped in history, from the ancient forts on Cluny Hill, becoming a Royal burgh in 1153, being the home of Macbeth who had his Castle on the High Street, to more modern times, such as the Tolbooth and Nelson’s Tower.

With a rich culture and a heritage rooted into the very fabric of Scotland’s history, Forres continues to attract people from across the world. Some say it is our beautiful unspoiled landscapes, our incredible range of local tasty food or the selection of whisky distilled with the water from the very hills that surround us that bring people here.

Others say it is the warmth of our people or our willingness to always stop and have a ‘blether’ on the High Street or perhaps in a coffee shop. Whatever the reason, once you have visited we know you will keep coming back time and time again.

Romance or adventure?

It’s not just the romantics we attract to our shores as other adventures wait right on your doorstep for you or for your whole family. White water rafting, wind surfing, climbing, stalking, fishing and shooting all await those seeking the high adventure.

For those of us who are a little more laid back or perhaps with younger children there are miles upon miles of unspoiled beaches, rambling forest trails, beautiful parks and lots of open space to enjoy all within a few minutes of Forres.

Top this off with museums, galleries, theatre, festivals, international events and a wide range of wonderful accommodation to meet every need and you can see why we are proud to say Forres has something for everyone.

To help you enjoy your stay with us, we have brought together all of our visitor information in one place. Forres Local offers the latest in local and community news, community and visitor events and information and business contacts.

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