Fochabers lies on the A96 Inverness Aberdeen Road. Fochabers has a reputation for its folk music, which comes to the fore with Speyfest in the summer. There are a variety of shops, including an art gallery, craft shops, antiques and collectibles. For those who like the outdoors there are lots of good walks and it’s close to the Monster mountain bike trails. Population 1499.
Baxters Visitor Centre is situated on the outside of Fochabers, just over the Spey. The famous manufacturers of quality soups and jams have built a visitor centre with cook shop and an impressive whisky and wine shop. There is also a book and toy shop. The freshly cooked pancakes and jam are famous amongst the locals (many of whom will have worked in the factory at some point).
Speyfest has really put Fochabers on the folk music map, capitalising on its talent for music. Speyfest is usually held in August attracts visitors from all over the world. Events include concerts, sessions and ceilidh.
Fochabers Square is split by the busy A96. There is a fountain in the square dedicated to the introduction of piped water to Fochabers. The lamp is dedicated to the Duke of Gordon, who instigated the hydro-
Fochabers Folk Museum and Heritage Centre contains many items and photographs of local interest. One room has been converted into an old school room from nearby Milne’s High. Outside is a collection of farm machinery including ploughs and a turnip cutter! Parking is to the rear.
Mountain Biking is a popular attraction with a network of world-
Walkers are well catered for in Fochabers, with well signposted local routes from the square including the Winding Walks (1 mile from the centre) as well as a stretch of the Spey Way.