The area is becoming increasingly popular for cycling as there are many opportunities for both on and off road cycling throughout the year, early spring right through to late autumn being the best time, the summer months with its long days allows you to cycle well into the evening hours.
Many of the quite back roads also offer spectacular scenery for cycling and it is common to hardly see many cars. There are also miles of pathways through most of the forests around the Forres area, although these are not usually marked as cycle trails they are ideal for most abilities.
The Culbin Forest which is right on the coast is probably the biggest forest close to Forres, with miles of coastal pinewoods, forestry tracks and fire breakers its big enough to get lost if you’re not paying attention, there are waymarked trails for walking and cycling.
For directions plus information about wildlife you may encounter please visit the Culbin forestry commission webpage.
You can now cycle from Forres to Findhorn on the new cycle path, the path is at the side of the main road so while it is not the most scenic it does make it much safer, if you fancy a nice long ride along the beach try cycling from Findhorn to Burghead which is about 10 miles down the coast, tide permitting.
Another nice cycle is from Roseisle forest to Burghead, its quite a bit shorter and there are proper waymarked walks and informal walks running through the forest, picnic / barbecue area, children’s play equipment, toilets and cycling trails.
For directions and more information please visit the Roseisle forestry commission webpage,
please note: there is a small charge for car parking about £1
The Dava Way is a marked walking trail going from Forres to Grantown-on-Spey following mostly what was the old Highland Railway Line, the trail is about 40 Km long and is suitable for reasonably experienced mountain biking. For more information visit The Dava Way website.