Forres Visitor Information Guide
Forres is a small burgh of great antiquity standing to the right of the river Findhorn near where it enters Findhorn Bay, and justifiably prides itself on its sheltered situation and its reputation for healthy invigorating air.
King Duncan held court at Forres, and it was on their way there that Macbeth and Banquo met on the ‘blasted heath‘ the ‘weird sisters’ three of the witches for whom Forres was notorious. This tradition has of course, been used by Shakespeare in Macbeth. The place where this meeting is believed to have occurred is near the boundary with Nairn and is called Hardmain or ‘Macbeth’s Hill’, It is now no longer ‘blasted’ but cultivated and wooded.
On an elevated platform at the west end of the High Street once stood the long-vanished castle, lts site is marked by a tall granite obelisk erected in 1857 in memory of Dr Thomson, who died in the Crimean War through his heroic efforts to help the wounded. The Falconer Museum (1870) in the High Street has an interesting collection of fossils.
Forres House is now the largest Community Centre in the North of Scotland. To the south east of the town is Cluny Hill, the highest summit, crowned by an octagonal 70 ft tower erected in 1806 as a monument to Lord Nelson. There is a magnificent view from the top, which is reached by a spiral stair. The Cluny Hills Hydropathie Establishment on the south side was one of the oldest in Scotland: it has been replaced by a hotel overlooking the ﬁne municipal golf course. While visiting Forres you have the option of most types of holiday accommodation including Hotels, Guest Houses, B&B and self catering so you can enjoy all that Forres has to offer.
- Forres Postcode IV36
- Forres Latitude: 57.6098° N Longitude: 3.6200° W
- Forres WOEID 20455