Blervie is a Historic Scotland listed Country house set in a delightful rural setting that has recently undergone a significant renovation resulting in a comfortable house that combines the best of Stately Home elegance with twenty-first century modern conveniences. The house itself sits on nearly 300 acres of grounds and has extensive views over the Moray Firth and the North Coast of Scotland.
Moray enjoys the benefit of being on the end of the Gulf Stream in the Moray Firth which has the third longest sunshine area in the UK this gives the area a pleasant temperature, exceptional hours of summer sunshine and generally makes it ideal for outdoor activities. For those of you exploring Moray there is so much to do you may need to reconsider the amount of time you are planning on staying – walking, golf, castles, cycling, whisky distilleries, beaches, wildlife are just a few things you could do – or even just sit in the garden and contemplate. Take time to look around at the wildlife living on the estate, deer, and red squirrels and don’t forget Charlie the Peacock. Blervie is an easy 40-minute drive from Inverness airport yet miles away in terms of solitude and scenery.
All the bedrooms are larger than you might expect with wonderful views. All the furnishings are top quality and many have an interesting story to tell of how they came to be here, all soft furnishings are likewise quality including Hungarian Goose Down duvets providing everything you would hope for in order to enjoy your time at Blervie.
- Room Service Available
- Free Parking
- Breakfast included
- Air Conditioning
- Free Internet
Blervie House can provide evening meals for guests who wish to dine at the hotel. These can be informal en famille style taken in the kitchen or in season on the terrace. Weather permitting, a BBQ may be offered. For those wanting a more formal experience, an executive chef and full complement of staff can be arranged to provide a banquet in the main dining room.
Meals are all freshly prepared in the Blervie kitchen using high quality locally sourced produce.
A Royal Burgh since 1140, Forres is one of Scotland’s oldest towns, and also one of its most attractive. These days the A96 heading east from Nairn to Elgin by-passes Forres. Even if you don’t have time to stop, it’s worth following the old route of the main road through the town to gain a glimpse of what it has to offer.
It has been claimed that Forres first appears, as Varis, on a map drawn by Ptolemy two thousand years ago. Slightly more recently, Forres became known to a wider audience as the location of some of the early action in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
A thousand years ago, Forres was home to a castle, located at the west end of the High Street. This was further strengthened to become a royal residence in the 1100s. Nothing now remains of Forres Castle and its site is a public park.
More recently, the key date in Forres’ history was 23 June 1496, when it was granted a Royal Charter by King James IV of Scotland. This set out rights and privileges to be enjoyed by the townspeople of Forres, and by some accounts brought up to date an earlier charter issued by King David I.
Today’s Forres shows the evidence of its earlier role as the area’s principal market town. The High Street still widens to show where it accommodated the market that took place here. And the early wealth of the town is also evidenced by a number of fine buildings that give the town center an impressive appearance. These include the tolbooth built in 1838; and the mercat cross from 1844. Forres’ fine collection of churches includes the magnificent St Laurence Church in the center of the town, and St John’s Episcopal Church, opposite Grant Park.
Grant Park lies on the east side of the center of Forres and was until it burned down in 1971 the home of Forres House. No effort has been spared here to highlight the town’s success over the years in a series of “Britain in Bloom” and “Scotland in Bloom” competitions, and the site of Forres House is now a sunken garden.
On the eastern outskirts of Forres lies a real surprise. Between the old and new routes of the A96 as they converge on the B9011 roundabout, is Sueno’s Stone. This 21ft high Pictish cross-slab is the tallest surviving stone, and one of the richest examples of Pictish art in Scotland. It was discovered, buried, in 1726, and given the name, mistakenly, after the Norse king, Swein Forkbeard.
Forres has other attractions for visitors. In the heart of the town is the Falconer Museum, in memory of the botanist, geologist, and paleontologist Hugh Falconer, who came from Forres. Just sought of its southern edge lies the Dallas Dhu Distillery. No longer in production, this is maintained in working order by Historic Environment Scotland and provides a unique insight into the distiller’s art.
If your interest is in working distilleries, then Benromach Distillery and its visitor center, just north of the Forres bypass, is well worth visiting. The smallest distillery in Speyside, it is owned by the long-established Elgin-based whisky bottlers, Gordon & MacPhail.
Two miles northeast of Forres is the small village of Kinloss. Here you find Kinloss Barracks, home to 39 Engineer Regiment. Kinloss was previously an RAF Station and a preserved Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft, XV244, can be seen parked in the North West corner of the base beside the Findhorn road. A nearby graveyard is home to the ruins of what was once one of the most important abbeys in Scotland, Kinloss Abbey.
A little over three miles west of Forres is Brodie Castle, cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. Standing close to its entrance is another Pictish symbol stone, the Rodney Stone. En route you pass the 19 OTU Memorial.