per bubble (max. 6 people)
Witches, Digestives & a Pickled Admiral
Forres is one of the oldest towns in Scotland and has strong links to a historical king: Almost a thousand years ago, Macbeth, King of Alba, ruled over Scotland. Forres Castle was his stronghold in his ancestral heartland of Moray. Only a hill is left of the castle nowadays, but Macbeth’s story was, with a bit of artistic license though, immortalised by William Shakespeare.
Our tour starts right in the middle of Forres on the historic High Street where you will hear about the Merkat Cross and the historic tolbooth before we have a look at the carved figureheads on the exterior of Falconer’s Museum and tell you about its founders Hugh and Alexander.
Past Forres Town Hall and St Leonard's Church, we then head towards Grant Park, named after Sir Alexander Grant, the creator of McVities's Digestives and a generous philanthropist who helped to establish the National Library of Scotland. At the park, we will admire the „Sunken Garden” and the floral sculptures, the reasons for many awards from the popular Britain and Scotland in Bloom competitions.
We now head uphill towards Nelson’s Tower, opened in 1812 to commemorate Admiral Lord Nelson and his victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and perhaps even Neil Smith, a Forres man who was involved in a rather bizarre „preservation campaign”. The top of Cluny Hill is also the site of an ancient fort and offers magnificent views across the town onto Findhorn Bay and the Moray Firth.
We now descend from Cluny Hill to have a closer look at the (hi)story of King Macbeth again. Just outside Forres you will find a hill known as „Macbeth’s Hillock”. It is said to be the „blasted heath” where the real king has met the three witches. Whether those were the same women to whom the witches’ stone, or next stop, is dedicated is not known.
Now, we head onwards to Sueno’s Stone, the tallest Pictish stone in the whole of Scotland. We have a look at the intricate carvings and hear of mighty Pictish warriors before heading back to the starting point of our tour.
- Forres Tolbooth
- The Sunken Garden
- Cluny Hill
- Nelson's Tower
- Sueno's Stone
- The Witches Stone
- Private Bubble Tour for up to 6 people
- Professional Guide
Monday - Sunday
from 09.00 h
Simply choose a date and time that is convenient to you during the booking process.
If you would like to start your tour earlier or need to be back for a certain time, just leave a comment on your booking form.
Please refer to the tour description and the information in this section to decide whether a particular tour is suitable for you and your group before you make your booking.
Our Town Walks are at a leisurely pace and are suitable for all age groups.
This walking tour is a bit more strenuous than our other town walks and involves a climb onto a hilltop.
Our famous Scottish weather has its reputation for a reason. Therefore, it is always good practise to pack an extra layer and a waterproof jacket or coat on top of your sunscreen and your sunglasses. You may need them all.
Please note that we may not be able to take you on tour if your footwear is not suitable.
In such an event, a (partial) refund is entirely at our discretion.
We may be exposed to wet and windy weather.
Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for this outdoor experience and bring along some water.
Easy to Moderate - reasonable fitness level required:
Walking over paths and rough ground with some muddy patches and steep slopes.
We adhere to the latest government and public health guidance to keep you and us safe and we practice social distancing and maintain the highest hygiene standards on our tours. We have committed to the Good to Go scheme launched by Visit Britain that recognises good practise in following COVID-19 guidelines and have adapted the STGA Good To Go Protocol. For more information on how we implement these guidelines on our tours, please click here.
Booking & Cancellation Policy
Book your Highland Adventure online and pay by Debit or Credit Card.
Advance Booking is strongly recommended. Online Bookings are closing 24 hours prior to tour start.
If you prefer to pay for your tour in a different way or would like to make a last-minute enquiry, just contact us by phone or email to discuss your options.
We strongly recommend that guests arrange suitable travel, medical, and cancellation insurance prior to their booking.
We know that planning can be a difficult task in uncertain times.
Therefore, we have worked out a straightforward Cancellation Policy for our Walking Tours and Half/Full Day Tours:
You can reschedule your tour free of charge if things are not working out the way they were planned.
If you need to cancel your tour, our simplified cancellation policy applies:
Up to 24 hours prior to tour start
Less than 24 hours prior to tour start
10% of the agreed rate & third party costs*
100% of the agreed rate & third party costs*
*) Cancellation costs or processing fees from third-party providers incurred for the specific booking will be charged in addition.