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Four Hillocks and a Cavity
Mon, 19 June 2023 @ 19:00 - 21:00
Cluny Hill is a wooded area close to the centre of Forres whose inhabitants have derived pleasure from it for generations. An evening stroll through it shows why!
The 25 ha. area of known as Clunyhill Woodlands has been a public parkland and pleasure ground since at least the late 18th. Century. It consists of four, in places, steep-sided, hillocks symmetrically placed around a single hollow .known sometimes as Hell’s Hole. It is thus somewhat like a miniature model of the four big peaks of the Cairngorms with the Larig Ghru in the middle.
It has a myriad network of footpaths and the walk is a two-hour investigation of some of its various faces. It is a forestry area managed on behalf of Moray Council, and in the midst of it are three large features, the Nelson Tower visible from many roads around, the area of what was from 1848 to recently the town cemetery, and the 19th century mansion which accommodates students at the Findhorn Foundation College, and which was formerly Forres Hydro, a major Highland Railway built, hotel which had an international reputation for the therapeutic properties of its surroundings.