Forres and surrounding area offers some beautiful forest, river & coastal walks suitable for most abilities. For Ornithologists Forres is a treasure trove, with sea & estuary birds mixing with wood & moorland species all easily accessible to the keen ‘twitcher’.
Forres – Walkers are Welcome. Walkers are Welcome is a UK-wide accreditation scheme recognising towns with excellent facilities for walkers. Forres was awarded Walkers are Welcome status in 2016 because of its good network of well-maintained & signposted paths, numerous walking groups, walking festival & information resources for walkers.
Cluny Hill & Grant Park
The Cluny Hills and Grant Park form the centre of a network of walks for all abilities. A peaceful walk through these charming woodlands on a summer’s evening is just the thing before retiring. For the somewhat more energetic climb to the top of the Cluny Hills visiting the historic Nelson’s Tower, if you go to the top there is an excellent view across the Moray Firth.
There are relaxing walks around Sanquhar Loch, a stretch of freshwater, which originated as an ornamental pond for the now demolished Sanquhar House. The stream which feed the Loch is the selected source of water for Benromach Distillery.
Forestry Commission Walk Culbin Forest
A beautiful coastal pine forest, planted in the 1920s to help stabilise the drifting sand dunes, miles of marked out walking trails and cycling is also allowed. About 5 miles from the centre of Forres, car Parking is Free at Cloddymoss.
For more information visit Culbin Forest Forestry Commission webpage.
The beach at Findhorn is ideal for a leisurely walk, it is possible to walk about 10miles along the beach to Burghead but most people prefer a relaxed stroll along the beach and through the sand dunes.
Along the shore are relics of the past, old wartime pill boxes that now sit half submerged in the sand. If you are lucky you may see ospreys fishing in the bay or Dolphins swimming by offshore.
Forestry Commission Walk Roseisle
6 Miles from Forres by car- From A96 at Forres take the B9011 to Kinloss, drive straight through Kinloss on the B9089 to (Burghead). Entrance is signposted 6 miles(10km)on left. For more information visit the Roseisle Forestry Commission webpage. Please note: there is a charge of £1 for Car Parking.
About six miles south of Forres just off the A940 is one of the north east’s best-kept secrets, the very beautiful Randolph’s Leap, a spectacular gorge on the River Findhorn, why not stop in at Logie Steadings Visitor Centre after your walk, they have a Tea Room and various Arts and Craft shops to browse through.
The Sluie Gorge
Situated just off the A940 about 4 miles from Forres on the Forres to Grantown Rd. Sign Posted – Sluie Walk. A Forest walk along the edge of a deep gorge on the Findhorn river, trees include fine specimens of Scots Pine and Douglas Fir which were planted over 100 years ago. Be careful with children & pets as part of the walk is right next to very steep drops, the marked trail is 4.5 miles long.
The Dava Way
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 resonably experienced mountain biking. A brochure on the walk is also available and for further information please visit their website
The Moray Way
The Moray Way is a 95 mile circular route which incorporates the Dava Way, part of the Speyside Way and part of the Moray Coast Trail. The route packs in a wonderful variety of scenery, from coastal estuaries and cliffs to river valleys and open moors. You can start and end the walk at Forres, or use Forres as a base for completing the walk as a series of day walks. A map of the Moray Way is available from the Moray Way Association. The route is also described in the Moray Coast Trail guidebook published by Rucksack Readers.