There are few areas of Scotland that offer such a wide and interesting range of attractions and historical interests as Moray and the north eastern coast of Scotland. Some of the attractions on this page are a little further afield but can be reached in under an hours drive from Forres.
Moray is also home to no fewer than 51 Malt Whisky distilleries, many of which are open to visitors, discover the process behind making whisky and take the trip round the only Malt Whisky Trail in the world, Forres is home to 2 of the distilleries included in the trail, the Benromach and the Dallas Dhu, see the whisky page for more info.
Both local and surrounding areas are steeped in history from the Pictish era when the mysterious ‘Suenos Stone’ which stands over 22 foot tall was erected. It is the largest know Pictish sculptured stone in the world and can be seen at the east end of Forres town.
Nearby there are many interesting castles and historic monuments to visit, one of Scotland’s most famous battles (the last battle on British soil) was fought in 1746 at Culloden battlefield just outside of the Highland city of Inverness, about a 30 mile drive from Forres.
For those of you that know your Shakespeare Forres town has many links with MacBeth. Before he became king of Scotland in 1040 he ruled over Moray from his castle in Forres. Originally built at the west end of Forres high street the castle no longer remains but the area still bears the name ‘castlehill’.
About 8 miles south of Forres is one of Northern Scotland’s most unusual attractions and one which is unique in Britain, is Pluscarden Abbey, it is the only medieval monastery in Britain still inhabited by monks and being used for its original purpose, it is open to visitors and there are a few nice woodland walks close by.
The following page has more attractions around the area including Fort George and Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness
Some of the most famous attractions in Scotland are also within easy reach from Forres, why not take an afternoon drive to Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness, one of the most visited attractions anywhere in Scotland and is a must see whilst in visiting Scotland.
One hour to the south of Forres is Aviemore, ideal for mountain biking, walking, skiing and snowboarding the Cairngorm mountains offer a wide range of facilities to suit all abilities.