One of the best tourist attractions in Forres has reopened for the Summer. Nelson’s Tower has now opened for the season – and is a great place to visit for both tourists and locals.
Nelson’s Tower stands proudly on Cluny Hill, looking over Forres. The foundation stone was laid there by James Brodie in 1806, in memory of Admiral Lord Nelson.
The tower was created to commemorate the Lord Admiral’s victory in the Battle of Trafalgar, and took another six years before it was open to the public.
On the day of the grand opening, cannons fired a twenty-one gun salute. It was said that these canons were with the first fleet at the bombardment of Alexandria. These canons can still be seen at the entrance to the tower to this day.
Once inside, a steep spiral staircase of 97 steps leads you to the it’s highest point. There are two stops on the way up, where you can view associated historic information on your trek to the top.
My favourite part of the tower is the amazing views from the top. From the peak you can see a complete 360 of the surrounding area – the view of the Moray Firth is particularly breathtaking.
Nelson Tower really does have a lot to offer. For keen walkers there is the surrounding Grant Park and the walk up Cluny Hill. People who love nature can embrace the beautiful views and surroundings. And for the history buffs there is plenty information about the background of the tower.
The tower is currently looked after by lovely volunteers from the Forres Heritage Trust, who are all very passionate and knowledgeable about the local area. They are very helpful and keen to answer any questions you have.
It is open from 2pm to 4pm every day, from the beginning of April to the end of September, and entry is by donation.