Nearby Forres has an array of shops and cafes to explore. Slightly further afield there are several outlets giving you the chance to find some local gifts and produce.
Baxters Highland Village – at Fochabers enables you to experience the magic of the Baxters story and perhaps sample some of the products. The village has four speciality shops stocking food, gifts, clothing and home items as well as two restaurants where you can enjoy traditional lunches, high teas and lighter snacks. www.baxters.com/pages/fochabers.html – 01343 820666
Brodie Countryfare – is one of the most pleasant shopping experiences in the North of Scotland, providing a blend of quality and a traditional Scottish welcome. Situated in a relaxing environment just a few miles drive from Brodie Castle, it offers a wide range of products. www.brodiecountryfare.com – 01309 641 555
Johnstons of Elgin – has its flagship mill at Elgin. It is the only mill in Britain to transform cashmere from raw fibre to finished article – tours can be booked. Or just visit the Mill Shop and new Courtyard Shop & Heritage Centre. www.johnstonscashmere.com – 01343 554099
River Findhorn Heritage Centre – is based at the Logie Steading, just 6 miles south of Forres. The Centre is in part of converted sandstone farm buildings which also house arts and crafts workshops including a furniture restorer, trompe l’oeil artist, dressmaker and leatherworker. In addition there is a farm and garden shop, art gallery exhibiting contemporary Scottish work, a café and a secondhand bookshop. www.logie.co.uk – 01309 690659