A gentle 14 mile ride from the seaside town of Nairn to Forres, taking in a visit to Brodie Castle along the way.
Start from the railway station in Nairn and follow the road in towards the centre. Swing left where the High Street starts and join the A96 at the traffic lights. Turn right and follow the A96 keeping right at the roundabout and then across the River Nairn. Take the second left after the bridge onto Lochloy which is followed past Nairn Dunbar Golf Club and out of the town. This is part of the Natiuonal Cycle Network (NCN1) and is signposted as such so the route is easy to follow. the rote continues through farmland with the great forest of Culbin off to the left for about 5 miles beffore a sharp right turns towards Brodie. The castle is well worth a visit and is a good place for refreshments so follow the castle signs into the grounds.
To continue to Forres, leave the castle grounds by turning left onto the road towards Dyke, which is stil signposted as part of NCN1. Continue through Dyke and continue to Kintessack. The route then turn right and zig zags a little to reach the River Findhorn at Broom of Moy but following the NCN signs will keep you on track. A short section of cycleway provides a link across the river and onwards for half a mile to reach another road on the opposite side where a right turn leads into Forres. If finishing your route here take a right turn along the A96 to reach the station from where it's a 10 minute train journey back to Nairn. To return by bike the best route is to return the way you came but a quick glance at a map will show that a number of other minor roads could also be used to give longer return routes.