The attractive town of Forres is one of Scotland’s oldest small towns.
Situated in Moray, about 27 miles north east of the Highland capital of Inverness, the town boasts a classic castle with impressive parks and gardens containing outstanding floral sculptures. The award-winning, flower-filled parks and gardens of Forres make it a welcome stop.
Other places of interest include the Falconer Museum, Nelson Tower on Cluny Hill which offers fine views, and Dallas Dhu Historic Distillery. Built in 1898, this museum and visitor centre is a perfectly preserved time capsule of the distiller’s art where visitors can see and hear how whisky was made and sample a free dram. Also worth exploring is the remarkable 20 ft high Sueno’s Stone. This giant Pictish slab commemorates a battle between the inhabitants of Moray and Norse settlers from Orkney, with carvings illustrating the story.
Around 4 miles west of Forres is the 16th century Brodie Castle which has gorgeous grounds, again blooming with flowers in season.
South of the town, the River Findhorn meanders through this area of great natural beauty with several picnic spots.