Forres nestles against Cluny Hill, site of an ancient hill fort. Kings and princes fought and died here, as Sueno’s Stone – the tallest Pictish carved monument in Scotland – stands testimony. This is the Forres of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and the real Macbeth may well have stood atop Cluny Hill. The centre of Forres is now a conservation area with Victorian and later buildings set on the medieval herring bone street plan.
Visitors to Forres are struck by the quality and abundance of prize winning floral displays. Grant Park at the east end of the High Street is a perfect place for leisure and sports. There are attractive walks up Cluny Hill to Nelson Tower with its splendid views from the top, the start of the Dava Way and access to the Moray Coastal Trail. Forres welcomes visitors to sample a range of eating places and distinctive shops.