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Alves Visitors Hospitality Guide

Alves a small agricultural village in Moray although the village is not a recognised tourist destination you will find that there is a variety of holiday accommodation around the area especially along the Moray Firth. Alves Moray, is the centre of a fertile parish on completely level ground, with hardly a hill in the neighbourhood except Knock Hill, which is now surmounted by York Tower. This flat land claims to be the site of the meeting between Macbeth and the witches the ‘blasted heath’. It scarcely deserves that description now.

With easy access to two frequent public bus services and a prime location on the A96, which connects Inverness and Aberdeen, Alves is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Moray Firth and surrounding countryside. It is also only a mile from the charming, historically significant pine forest and beach owned by the Forestry Commission at Roseisle, which offers a variety of walks as well as a forest play park and BBQ area.

Alves is a tiny farming community in Moray. It has two churches, one of which is a broken-down parish church from the 18th century that is in the north of the village and has graves from before that time to the south.

West of the settlement, there is a large plantation of coniferous trees with a lot of young trees.

There has been a modest housing development heading south out of the hamlet, and Royal Alves, consisting of the abandoned railway station and cottages, is along this road. The main railway line from Aberdeen to Inverness runs through Alves Wood, which is the new plantation's northern edge.

The railway station closest to Gordonstoun School, which is near the Royal Estates in Moray, was Alves.

This is a great place to start if you want to tour and explore Moray and the Highlands. You can enjoy the walking, running, and cycling trails found here.

Along the Moray Firth Coast, you can often see ospreys, dolphins, seals, and whales. There are also great walks on pebble and sandy beaches where you can see a lot of other wildlife.

The Elgin Museum includes some 36,000 artefacts in its holdings, ranging from fish fossils dating back over 450 million years to the 21st century and everything in between. The Moray Firth is renowned for its numerous wildlife sightings and is filled with history. The collection provides evidence of the evolution and links between Moray and the rest of the world.

Speyside is the centre of the whisky region and is close to the world-famous Moray Malt Whisky Trail. It is also home to many whisky producers.

Along with the pretty town of Duffus, the nearby seaside town of Hopeman has an inn, a store, a post office, and the abandoned Duffus Castle, which was the Moray family's mediaeval stronghold.

RAF Lossiemouth and Elgin are both close by.

Between Inverness and Aberdeen along the River Lossie, Elgin is a cathedral city with great educational institutions, including higher education. The city is located on the A96. As a result of a multi-million pound investment at RAF Lossiemouth, it is making investments in the whisky industry, tourism, and renewable energy.

The old Royal Burgh of Elgin is a busy, beautiful market town with a biblical garden, a museum with fossil displays, and the tower house of Drumin Castle, which was built in the 1400s.

Elgin is the administrative and commercial centre of Moray. It is located east of Inverness and west of Aberdeen. It has excellent transportation connections to both cities' airports by the A96 trunk highway and by train.

It serves as an educational and market centre for a large area and is home to a number of leisure facilities, including health clubs, swimming pools, and nearby golf courses, as well as independent shops, banks, restaurants, cafés, and pubs. Industries located here include food processing, whisky distilling, and wool milling. The Moray Coast is accessible and offers a variety of breathtaking treks along pebbled sandy beaches. These unspoiled white sands provide breathtaking views of the Moray Firth, as well as countryside hikes, action-packed fun days out for all ages, and all types of accommodation to suit all types of budgets. They are a year-round family favourite. This beautiful country has miles of seaside walkways, woodland trails, and bike routes just outside your door.

Follow the Moray Coastal Trail from Forres to reach historic Cullen, which is 20 miles east of Elgin on the North Sea coast and has a lot of rock pools, cliffs, sand, and a river running through it. Cullen is popular for walking and golfing. This is where Cullen skink, a soup made with smoked haddock, potatoes, onions, and milk, was created.

You may play golf at a number of clubs in Elgin, as well as engage in other outdoor sports like horseback riding, mountain biking, canoeing, strolling, and fishing.

Only a few miles separate Millbuies Country Park from Elgin. The beautiful village of Pluscarden is home to the famous and old Benedictine monastery of Pluscarden Abbey. 

  • Alves Geolocation Latitude 57.64237° N Longitude -3.44798° E
  • Alves Postcode IV30
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Forres Visitor Information Guide

  • Forres Postcode IV36
  • Forres Latitude 57.6098° N Longitude -3.6200° W
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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.

The importance of Forres declined after the foundation of the Bishopric at the Diocese of Elgin Various writers have claimed that Forres was a Roman station and was the mysterious Vuris mentioned by Ptolemy.

At the east end of the town is the famous Sueno’s Stone, 23 ft high and an Ancient Monument, one of the most remarkable early sculptured works in Scotland, made from sandstone, it has a tall cross on one side. accompanied by elaborate figure sculptures at the base; on the other side are carved groups of figures of warriors. Possibly it commemorates a victory of Sweyn, son of Harald, over Malcolm 11 in l008, in l8l3 eight human skeletons were found near the pillar. Nearby to the east is the granite Witches Stone, the remaining one of three stones traditionally marking the place where three witches, accused of plotting the death of King Duffus, were put to death.

The story is that the witches were found melting a wax image of the King. They were each placed in a barrel on top of Cluny Hill and set rolling. Where they stopped the barrels with the witches inside were burned, and 

the stones set up. The one that remains was at one time broken up for building, but was replaced and held together with iron bands.

The scenery on the river Findhorn to the south of Forres is of exceptional beauty. The Grantown road is followed to Sluie. From here walkers can go along the river gorge, eventually passing Logie House.

The road is rejoined near Relugas House. Shortly farther on, a path leads to the famous Randolph’s Leap, with striking views on all sides.

The road continues back on the west side of the river Findhorn through the Darnaway Forest, which surrounds Darnaway Castle, an imposing east-elated structure built in 1810, with the l5th century Earl Randolph's Hall incorporated at the rear.

This is a banqueting hall, 90 ft by 35 ft with an arched oaken roof, Mary Queen of Scots held court here in l564. It was often visited by James IV, who gave it to his mistress, Lady Janet Kennedy, It is the seat of the earls of Moray.

Glenburgie Distillery visitor information guide

Visiting the Glenburgie Distillery then the local town of Forres provides accommodation for you to explore the area and enjoy the local hospitality. Glenburgie Distillery offers a Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Ballantine’s status as the second largest seller in the world accounts for the fact that Glenburgie’s sightings as a single malt are as infrequent as those of the Loch Ness monster.

Allied only bottled it once and Chivas Bros has only ever included it in its limited edition Cask Strength series, which are only available through the firms’ distillery visitors' centres.

It very occasionally pops up as an independent bottling, as do some of the last remaining stocks of Glencraig.

  • Glenburgie Distillery Postcode IV36 2QX
  • Glenburgie Distillery Latitude 57.624311 Longitude -3.513994
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It is not commonly seen other than as a bottling from Gordon & MacPhail.

July 2017 Glenburgie was released as a 15-year-old single malt, alongside expressions from Glentauchers and Miltonduff under the Ballantine’s brand.