The Old Kirk Bed & Breakfast
Built in 1856, the Old Kirk is now a VisitScotland accredited 4 star Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Scotland's castle and malt whisky trails. It boasts three impressive guest rooms, including a four poster room, all of which have flatscreen TVs and are ensuite with showers. Guests have the use also of a separate guest library and a guest lounge with comfortable sofas set beneath the church's original stained glass window.
There are parking spaces in the grounds and free transport to the local train station can be arranged on request. Exposed stonework and arched windows are on show throughout much of the building, which remains warm and welcoming and has been recently redecorated throughout.
Our breakfast menu includes a full cooked Scottish breakfast, and some lighter options. Why not try the local butcher's excellent haggis, served with bacon and scrambled egg on warm potato bread, or Hilary's own special porridge, cooked with cream and cinnamon?
We have three guest rooms on the first floor of the Kirk. All are ensuite with showers, our twin room also has a bath. All three rooms feature exposed stonework and arched windows, with floor to ceiling arched windows in the double and four poster room. You will also find the usual luxuries; fresh towels and bathrobes, toiletries, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryers and flat screen televisions in every room. All our rooms have been recently redecorated. As the Kirk is fully centrally heated you can be assured of a warm welcome with us even if you are brave enough to visit Bonnie Scotland outside our summer months!
Early and late check in times are usually available by request, and the hosts, Hilary and Herbie, can also arrange free pick up and drop off at the local train station for guests arriving without their own transport. They are also happy to recommend and book a table at one of the excellent local restaurants nearby.
Popular local attractions include Brodie Castle, a short walk from The Old Kirk, and Macbeth's Hillock is also a short walk away, claimed to be the setting for the ill-fated Thane's meeting with the witches in Shakespeare's play. Cawdor Castle is a short drive away to complete the theme. Visitors also enjoy visits to the Royal Burgh of Forres, an ancient town, reputedly the oldest recorded in Scotland and repeated winner of the Britain and Scotland in Bloom awards for its floral displays in the park. It is also home to the Benromach and Dallas Dhu whisky distilleries, both open to the public. Also visit Sueno's stone, the largest Pictish carved stone known anywhere in the world. A journey of ten miles south takes you to Pluscarden Abbey, the only British medieval monastery still inhabited and in use by a community of monks. It is open to the public and a truly unique destination.
These and the many other attractions in Moray, and indeed the beautiful Moray coast itself, make this a very popular tourist destination for travellers from all over the world. For those wishing to venture further, the Highlands, Cairngorm mountains and Spey valley are all easily reachable using The Old Kirk as your base.
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This page was last updated: 06 May 2010