There’s so much to see and do in Moray and Forres is situated within easy access of popular activities and attractions.
Moray is Malt Whisky country and home to the famous Speyside malts, and the only malt whisky trail in the world. It starts right here in Forres with the smallest of the Speyside distilleries, Benromach.
Just outside Forres, Dallas Dhu, now closed as a working distillery, but open to visitors.
Speyside refers to large area, not specifically tied to the River Spey. It refers to the style of whisky being distilled in this part of the world, and afficionados will know the distinctive Speyside ‘taste’ well.
Further inland are Cardhu, Glenfiddich, Glen Grant, The Glenlivet, Glen Moray and Strathisla, and the Speyside Cooperage where you can watch the ancient craft of barrel-making.
Cycling and walking
Moray has a network of cycle routes for all abilities.
The National Cycle Route from Inverness to Aberdeen cuts right through Moray and the Moray Way and Speyside Way provide additional waymarked routes to walk or cycle.
We have partnered with VeloDays who offer cycling holidays all over Scotland. Their concept is great with all organising done for you. Cycles await your arrival and routes all mapped out by GPS. They offer a range of tours, including self-led tours of Loch Ness and the Cairngorms, The Grampian Highlands and Moray, and Strathspey and the East Highlands. Also check out their centre-based tours in Forres. A great way to see the country. Book your tour through VeloDays.
The hi-tech pastime of geocaching is alive and kicking right across Moray. If you have a smartphone and a sense of adventure, this is a must for getting off the beaten track and exploring some of the countryside.
Forres has a 9-hole golf course within walking distance of the hotel and championship courses just a few miles away. Last year, the Scottish OPen was held at Castle Stuart Golf Links, and nearby Nairn has been home to the Curtis Cup and Ryder Cup in recent years.
Rivers cut through Moray making it one of the best fishing spots in the country. Salmon and trout can be fished from the River Spey, the River Findhorn and River Isla. We can store your rods and tackle, have freezer space for your catches and can provide a packed lunch for your day on the river. For information on permits and the rivers, see Fish Pal.
In 2015, Inverness will be hosting the World Orienteering Championships. Moray has its own orienteering club and regular meets are held around the country.