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7 great reasons to visit Forres and the breathtaking Colours of Cluny event 2017

Colours of Cluny will light up the natural beauty of Cluny Hill in Forres in a mesmerizing sound and light extravaganza from November 8-19. Following the success of last year’s inaugural show, organisers are expecting thousands of visitors of all ages to flock to the picturesque Moray town to enjoy the all-new show … and soak up the sights of the surrounding area which is jam-packed with things to do and see.
Here’s 7 reasons why you should head up to Forres this Autumn …

1. Light fantastic for the whole family

Brought to you by some of the team behind the award-winning Enchanted Forest, Colours of Cluny is a sound and light spectacular showcasing the natural beauty of Forres’ Grant Park, Cluny Hill and Nelson’s Tower. The family-friendly event will capture the imagination of both old and young and is one not to be missed. Colours of Cluny runs from November 8-19, 2017. Tickets are selling extremely fast so book now at www.coloursofcluny.com to avoid disappointment.

2. History and home baking at Brodie Castle
Rose-coloured Brodie Castle – four miles west of Forres – has numerous attractions, both inside and out, to entertain visitors of all ages. Read the letter sent by Robert the Bruce about the chief of Clan Brodie’s argument with monks who lived nearby. Admire the art collection – from Dutch Old Masters to modern watercolours. Have fun at the adventure playground and enjoy delicious home baking in the tearoom, which also serves lunches. www.nts.org.uk/Visit/Brodie-Castle/

3. A great base for exploring Morayshire
Don’t rush home once you’ve seen Colours of Cluny 2017. Attractive Forres is one of Scotland’s oldest small towns and is well-worth exploring from the comfort of the area’s many cosy inns, B&Bs and hotels. Forres offers a range of catered and self-catered accommodation with brilliant service and delicious food which make an ideal base for exploring the many and varied attractions of Morayshire. More information about local accommodation providers online at www.coloursofcluny.com

4. Benromach is a ‘dram’ fine attraction
A distillery visit is a “dram” fine way to spend an afternoon. Head to nearby Benromach – one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries – and see its stillmen at work as they orchestrate every second of the production by sight, sound and touch. One of the friendly tour guides will proudly show you around the boby mill, mash tun, wooden washbacks, two copper stills, spirit safe, filling room, dunnage warehouses and visitor centre. And, of course, you can enjoy a tutored tasting of this gorgeous classic Speyside Single Malt Whisky. More information at www.benromach.com

5. Take a swing at Forres Golf Course
Tee up a round at the Forres golf course which was designed by Open Championship winners James Braid and Willie Park. The Par 70 course has been host to the Scottish Professional Championships, The Northern Open and the Scottish Young Professionals Open which is a testimony to its quality. Its beautiful and expertly maintained layout is a perfect challenge for all abilities. Find out more or book yourself a game at www.forresgolfclub.co.uk

6. Go back in time with Sueno’s Stone
Standing over 6.5 metres tall (about 21 feet) Sueno’s Stone is the largest surviving Pictish stone of its type in Scotland. Encased in a striking glass case, the artefact is world-famous for its ornate and unique carvings which are a complex narrative depiction of a battle, and a wholly unique scene interpreted as a royal inauguration. The stone would have once overlooked the marshy floodplains of the rivers Mosse and Findhorn, but now stands on the outskirts of Forres. More information at www.historicenvironment.scot

7. Lace up your boots and walk The Dava Way
Lace up your hiking boots and lose yourself in the 24-mile (38km) Dava Way which links the historic towns of Forres and Grantown-on-Spey. Almost all of the route follows the old Highland Railway line and is off-road and safe from traffic. From the Moray Firth this unusually varied railway walk winds its way from sea level up to Dava summit at 1050 feet (320 metres) before descending into Strathspey. Along its length it passes through a pleasant mix of farmland, woodland and moorland. This variety makes the Dava Way path one of the best long-distance walking paths or off road cycling routes in Scotland. Find out more at www.davaway.org.uk