Travelling to Forres

Photograph by Joanna Taylor

Photograph by Joanna Taylor

Forres is easily accessible by road, train and air. (map)

  • By Road – Forres is on the A96, the main road that runs between Inverness and Aberdeen, 26 miles north east of Inverness. Route information and possible pitstops are available by using the links.
  • By Bus – Forres is served by buses from Inverness and Aberdeen, and there are bus stops from both directions outside Grant Park. Both Inverness and Aberdeen have bus services from the South.
  • By Rail – Forres is on the train line that runs from Inverness and Aberdeen. The journey takes some 30 mins from Inverness.  Grant Park is  a 15 minute walk from the station. A free bus service will also be available to meet trains and carry you to Grant Park.
  • By Air – Forres is 19 miles from Inverness airport, 74 miles from Aberdeen airport. Inverness airport can be reached from around the world with transit opportunities at London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Dublin (Ireland) and Schiphol (Netherlands).

If you are travelling by car consider taking your time on the road and include one or more of some stunning local itineraries as part of your visit to Forres. Further information is available here.


A free park and ride system will be in operation from the spectators’ park and ride car park to Grant Park, with a fleet of double-decker buses available for the short journey. On advice of the police there will be no parking within 1/2 mile of the park  and while there are small car parks in Forres parking is limited and it is strongly recommended that visitors go directly to the designated spectator car parks.

Only competitors’ vehicles displaying a Piping At Forres parking pass will be permitted to park in the coach park. Any competitors arriving without a parking pass will not be given access to the parking area.

Disabled parking will be available beside the coach park just to the west of Grant Park. Further disabled parking will be available within the park and ride area.  Please ensure your Blue badge or its intentional equivalent is on display to assist our parking volunteers.   As the disabled parking area at Grant Park is available on a first come, first served basis and fills up extremely quickly, we advise anyone who can do so to use the Park and Ride facility. The buses are wheelchair-accessible and drop passengers at the Victoria Road pedestrian entrance to Grant Park.


National Cycle Route One passes through Forres. If you are coming by bike there are bicycle racks outside the Community Centre, across the road from Grant Park.


The postcode of Grant Park is IV36 IDE.

The Ordnance Survey grid reference is NJ 0400, 5900.

Latitude and Longitude: North 57.611448, West (-) 03.605592