Where to go and what to see & do in the local area

Places to Eat
  • The Olive Tree Cafe, Logie Steading – the Steading’s own fantastic cafe serving delicious home-made lunches, cakes and light bites
  • The Kimberley, Findhorn. Pub with food and a roaring fire – nice combined with a walk on the beach
  • The Bothy, Burghead. Great food & an interesting menu
  • Covesea Cafe, near Lossiemouth. Friendly daytime cafe & special seafood nights
  • Harbour Lights, Lossiemouth. Bistro with a good and varied menu overlooking the harbour – lovely to sit outside on a sunny day
Local Museums and Galleries
  • River Findhorn Heritage Centre, Logie Steading. Permanent exhibition about the River Findhorn and the Moray Floods, the Wolf of Badenoch, Randolph’s Leap and Sir Alexander Grant with a reconstruction of a white house
  • Grampian Transport Museum, Alford. The history of travel and transport in North East Scotland. Dramatic displays, working exhibits and DVD presentations
  • The Falconer Museum, Forres. Local heritage museum, with guest exhibitions
  • Scotland’s Gallery Trail lists a good selection of galleries in the area, including Logie Steading Art Gallery.
  • Logie Steading’s popular Art Gallery specialises in approachable contemporary Scottish Art.
  • Morayvia – what started as a project to commemorate the Nimrod has become an excellent sic-tech experience project relating to all things of the air, Kinloss
Walks
  • River Walks from Logie Steading – along the beautiful River Findhorn with some short loop walks (including the one taking in Randolph’s Leap) and longer walks connecting to Sluie Walk just down stream of Logie. The Walk Highlands site mentions this walk and others in the area.
  • The Dava Way follows the old railway line over the 23 miles from Forres to Grantown. It’s a long but not challenging walk with some good long-distance views and can be joined or left at several points along the way
  • Culbin Forest, across the Findhorn Bay (about 3 miles north of Forres) has 14km of forested coastline with good tracks to explore for walking, biking and riding
Gardens, Houses, Castles & Historic Monuments
  • Logie House Gardens, Logie Estate
  • Cawdor Castle. Linked by Shakespere to Macbeth and still inhabited by the Cawdor family, the castle and grounds are open to the public
  • Brodie Castle. A National Trust-owned C16th tower house, home of the Brodie family until the late C20th, the house is full of antique furniture, paintings and ceramics. 71 hectares of gardens and woodlands to explore with famous daffodil collection
  • Fort George. An outstanding C18th artillery fortification begun after the battle of Culloden to counter the Jacobite threat which is little changed despite being an active Army Base today. Managed by Historic Scotland, just this side of Inverness
  • Nelson’s Tower, Forres. In commemoration of Nelson’s victory at Trefalgar, the tower on top of Cluny Hill has 96 steps to the top which offers views across Forres and the Moray Firth. Open April-Sept, 2-4pm
  • Sueno’s Stone, Forres. The largest known Pictish sculptured stone
  • Culloden Battlefield, just this side of Inverness. Visit the battlefield itself and the interesting indoor interpretation centre as well
Distilleries
  • Benromach, Speyside’s smallest distillery, in Forres
  • Dallas Dhu, whisky museum at a former distillery outside Forres
  • Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail, the collection of Speyside distilleries
Golf
  • Craggan Golf Course, near Grantown. A unique 14 hole course with every hole par. Fantastic views of the Cairngorms. Good value green fees
  • Forres Golf Club, Muiryshade, Forres. Par 70 course, visitors welcome
  • Kinloss Golf Club, between Kinloss and Burghead. 18 hole parkland course with views over Moray Firth and Cairngorms. Pay & Play but bookings advised at weekends
Fishing
  • Logie and Relugas (salmon by fly), Logie Estate
  • Fish Findhorn, information on fishing throughout the river Findhorn
  • Kellas Estate, near Dallas. Well stocked trout fishery with access and fishing for all ages and abilities.
  • Craggan Fishery, near Grantown. 3 acres with 6 purpose-dug ponds and fantastic views across the Cairngorms
Towns & Cities

One of Scotland’s oldest small towns, Forres is about 6 miles from Logie Steading off the A96. A town of impressive parks and gardens (some, including Grant Park, were donated to the town by Logie’s Sir Alexander Grant). Also home to Benromach distillery, Dallas Dhu whisky museum, Piping Hot (the European Pipe Band Championships) and a good collection of local independent businesses such as Maclean’s bakers and MacBeth’s butchers

  • Inverness
  • Nairn
  • Elgin
  • Burghead
  • Grantown-on-Spey
  • Findhorn

Just 4 miles north of Forres, this sailing community has a huge sandy beach, a couple of pubs serving food and the famous Findhorn Foundation.

Travel

To the Region from Further Afield

Around the Local Area

  • Trains from Forres
  • Taxi – try Mundole Taxis on 01309 673 168
Places to Stay

are listed on a dedicated page of this site.