Wednesday 8th February 2023

Anne’s birthday – a wee walk round Forres (7.4 miles).

Anne was 62 on Saturday. Today was our celebrating day.

We went by bus to Forres. We caught the 08:47 (number X25) bus to Inverness followed by the 09:30 (number 10) bus out to Forres.

We got off at the Tesco bus stop and walked out to Mackenzie & Cruikshank to get our morning snack. A lot of building work is going on and we were diverted a strange way in via a side door. But it was business as usual inside.

I had a plain scone and a glass of milk. Anne had an orange drizzle scone and hot water. It was lovely. it’s a meal in itself!

The unusual entrance and exit.

We then walked out towards Kinloss by Benromach Distillery and Waterford Road. We first of all went past the station.

Benromach Distillery

The land out here in Moray is so flat – good farming land.

We crossed the Mosset Burn.

Just over the burn is this grain store though it seems to be used for potatoes at present.

A bit further on you can see Findhorn over Findhorn Bay.

I don’t know is it an attractive signpost.

This is last years Giant Hogweed. I once got a burn from Giant Hogweed when I was 12 at church camp in Garmouth. I don’t recommend it.

On the outskirts of Kinloss you turn back to Forres following the B9011. This bridge takes you over the railway.

Just over the bridge is this lovely lodge.

Near Forres you aim for Sueno’s Stone by crossing that white bridge over the busy A96.

Sueno’s Stone. I love that it is of a cross. Christianity has been in Scotland for so long.

We went to the loo at Grant Park.

We had hoped to have lunch in Ashers but we were a bit late. So we went to Chimes and it was very nice. I had a bacon roll, millionaire shortbread and orange juice. Anne had sausages in a roll and hot water with some pathetic tiny biscuit. She does not eat enough.

St Laurence Parish Church.

The High Street.

The Tollbooth. Forres is a lovely town. We had a look round the charity shops.

We caught the 14:35 (Number 10) bus back to Inverness. It was one of the nice comfortable yellow coaches that stagecoach sometimes uses.

We transferred to the 15:45 (Number 25A) bus back to Alness. We almost lost the will to live as it went by Connon Bridge, Dingwall and Evanton. I think we saw the whole of Dingwall. When we got to Alness there was torrential rain. I got off at the library stop to dash up to the ’88 Chinese & Thai Takeaway’. Anne went to the stop further on to get the car and bring it nearer. I ordered Chicken Balls, Sweet & Sour Sauce and Fried Rice for us to share. A soaking wet me returned to the car and we went home to eat our tea.

A lovely day out.