Around Fochabers


This page concentrates on Fochabers and it’s immediate area and provides website links for you to check out,  and photographs (many taken by local enthusiasts including members of Gordon Chapel – Peter Reid and Jeff Lowndes).

A Brief History of Fochabers

Fochabers  is a charming village close to the River Spey in the county of Moray. It stands on the A96 trunk road, midway between Aberdeen and Inverness. It is a pleasant and friendly place with a population of around 2000.

Prior to the founding of the present village in 1776, the old town of Fochabers stood a short distance to the north, within the grounds of Gordon Castle.

Further information can be found by going to the Fochabers Heritage website.  The museum in Fochabers is well worth a visit and details are also on the above website.

Gordon Castle

Gordon Castle was the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Gordon.  It was once the largest house in Scotland but the central block was demolished in the 1950s.  It is now owned by Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox who have, over recent years, restored both the Castle and the wider estate and it is now once again a thriving and vibrant part of our local community. Gordon Chapel was built on the edge of the park which surrounds Gordon Castle. Gordon Castle website

Local Schools

Fochabers area has three extremely good schools as follows:-

Milne’s High School – website
Milne’s Primary School – website
Mosstodloch Primary School – website

Local Churches

There four churches in the Fochabers area and they play an important part in the life of the community. The village and surrounding area is very community minded and we are working hard to build up good ecumenical relations. The churches are:-

Gordon Chapel – website
Bellie Kirk in Fochabers  – website
Speymouth Kirk (The Red Kirk) – website
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church – website

Gordon Chapel is now linked to the Isla Devron Group of Churches (SEC) which include Keith, Huntly and Aberchirder.  They have a website which includes each of those churches individually.  The Group Website 

Hotels & Restaurants in Fochabers Area

We are fortunate to have a good variety of hotels and restaurants in Fochabers and Mosstodloch and they are well worth visiting. They are:-

The Walled Garden Restaurant, Gordon Castle –

The Gordon Arms Hotel – website
The Grant Arms Hotel – website
The Red Lion Hotel – website
Christies’s Garden Centre Restaurant – website
Fochabers Fish Bar – website
Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour – website
Baxters of Speyside Restaurant in Mosstodloch – website

Bellie Churchyard 

The main local churchyard for the Fochabers area is the Bellie Churchyard.   The churchyard is maintained by the local Moray Council but they can only do little there because of limitd funds.   So The Friends of Bellie Churchyard was formed from members of the local churches and they have done a lot of maintenance work and more there.  See the FOBCY website