Forres offers a wide range of popular attractions
The wonderful Falconer Museum houses an enormous amount of Forres history and is a must-see for all ages.
Outdoors, there is Sueno’s Stone, a 20-foot carved Pictish stone that is the largest in the UK. Detailed carvings have preserved the story of the times.
Nelson’s Tower was built in 1812 to commemorate Admiral Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. It was the first memorial in Britain to be built in honour of Lord Nelson. The tower sits on the top of Cluny Hill and offers spectacular views over Forres and the Moray Firth, it has 96 steps taking you to the viewing area at the top of the tower, there are two upper floors where you can catch your breath and have a look at the small exhibition of Nelson memorabilia and local photographs.
Open seasonally, May to September
At Kinloss are the remains of Kinloss Abbey, founded in 1150 by King David and was colonised by Cistercian monks. In 1174 and came under the protection of the Bishop of Moray in 1187, in 1214 when the Abbey was selected to host the General Chapter of the Prelates of the Cistercian Order.
The Abbey acquired many endowments from the King and his successors and became one of the largest and wealthiest Cistercian houses in Scotland. In the 13th century the Abbey undergoing a major rebuilding following a fire it was extended and modified many times over the 400 years of its life. These days the area is very different with the Abbey grounds forming part of the local cemetery.
The historic Witches Stone in Forres dates back to Pictish times and now marks the spot where Shakespeare refers to one of three witches who placed in barrels and rolled down Cluny Hill came to rest and were burned.
The coastline at Findhorn is not only an important nature reserve,
Originally a busy fishing port with trading ships it is now a peaceful little village and a sailing and water sports centre.
Forres is home to three distilleries, Benromach, Dallas Dhu and Glenburgie. These are part of a much wider collected of distilleries, perhaps the most concentrated in the country, and part of the Malt Whisky Trail, the only one of its type in the world.
Like an oasis in the desert, Logie Steading is a thriving collective of local businesses occupying the former steading at Logie Estate.
Featuring a cafe, gallery, bookshop, furniture maker, food hall and much more, there is also a garden and riverside walks.