The old town of Fochabers goes back to Medieval times, and in 1598 was creatd a Free Burgh of Barony by James VI of Scotland, allowing the buying and selling of wines, woolen & linen cloth, and the right of individuals to trade in a host of professions: bakers, butchers and tailors are mentioned, and the production of lint & sewing thread was an important local industry, so much so that one of the streets in the town was known as Weaver's Wynd. All changed in 1776, however, when the 4th Duke of Gordon decided that in view both of the town's ruinous state and of its proximity to Gordon Castle, it would be razed to the ground and a new town erected nearby. Without doubt the construction of the new town designed by an Edinburgh architect in the latest classical fashion was a great benefit to the populace, as was the later erection of the Spey Bridge in 1804, replacing the old ferry. Today Fochabers is a lively town which forms an ideal base for taking advantage of a wide range of visitor pursuits, which tempt tourists from all over the world.
Within a 15 mile radius of the town there is super golfing on courses like Moray Old & New at Lossiemouth, Elgin, Rothes, Dufftown, Keith, Huntly, Cullen, Buckpool & Strathlene at Buckie, Garmouth & Kingston, and Spey Bay, with its driving range. Further afield, within an easy two hours drive, are many more courses with some of the world's most famous links, like Nairn & Dornoch. The Red Lion can organise reduced rates on some local courses.
One of Scotland's principal salmon-fishing rivers, the world-famous River Spey flows through Fochabers, and visitors can fish both here and at local lochs & fisheries at variable rates during the year. Sea-fishing, along with dolphin-watching, is available from ports along the Moray Firth. Locally, outdoor bowling and tennis is popular.
In the town itself is the well-known Baxter's Visitor Centre with its attractive aviary.
In addition to its beautiful walks, Fochabers lies on the famous Speyside Way, and the world's only Whisky Trail, where visitors can tour distilleries and sample a dram! The Castle, Coastal & Victorian Heritage Trails also form outstanding tourist attractions.
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