A THIRD trail to encourage people to get out and about and enjoy one of Forres’ most prominent landmarks has been created.
Following the success of its Halloween and Christmas walks, the Forres Heritage Trust has now ‘planted’ a Spring Time Stroll Trail which will allow people to search for pictures whilst enjoying all that Cluny Hill, Nelson’s Tower and Grant Park has to offer.
The trail has been put together by Trustees Ainsley James and Sandra MacIver.
Ainsley explained: “These wee walks situated mainly on Cluny Hill started back in October when Sandra created a Halloween trail. We followed this up at Christmas and since we have had such great feedback, we decided we would do one for the Easter holidays as well.
“The trail will be live from Friday, March 26 and there will be eight pictures of daffodils that people can search for and follow. There are so many different routes and paths on Cluny Hill, so even if you have taken part in the previous walks that the Trust has created, you will find that our Spring Time Stroll Trail will lead you on a different route up to Nelson’s Tower.”
Nelson’s Tower which was erected by public subscription as a memorial to Admiral Lord Nelson usually opens to the public at the start of April, but due to the Coronavirus pandemic it has remained shut since 2019.
Sandra said: “Like everyone, the Trust has had to adjust and we have been unable to do a number of things that we would usually do. Nelson’s Tower usually opens at the start of April until the end of September and it attracts visitors from all over the world. Clearly, that has been unable to happen, however, we have tried to bring a little bit of fun where we can, hence these trails. Whilst the Tower remains shut, there are still stunning views over the Moray Firth from the top of Cluny Hill, so it’s a great way to spend a bit of time and get some fresh air. Grant Park and Cluny Hill and indeed the whole of our town provide some great areas to enjoy and walk in.”
Sandra added: “The Trust is working on other ways to continue with events that it would usually support including a more hi-tech summer walk which will not only take in the historic sites that the Trust looks after, but also a number of the town’s other landmark locations.”