The beauty of Nairn
Edged by beautiful white sandy beaches with spectacular views of the Moray Firth, Nairn is one of Scotland’s most attractive holiday destinations all year round. Summer visitors enjoy spectacular sunsets, gently lapping waves and sea birds circling overhead. While winter reveals frost lined trees, snow capped mountains and stormy breakers crashing on the shore.
Nairn has a host of amenities for visitors. It is a centre of golfing excellence with two championship golf courses. With a pretty harbour, leisure park, swimming pool, theatre and fine shops, it is ideal for boat trips, fishing, shopping and walking.
The Nairn Highland Games
The first Nairn Highland Games were held in 1867. They are held on the Links in front of the Braeval. Guests enjoy a spectacular view of the Games and the largest gathering of massed pipe bands in Scotland. The Games include a variety of sporting events – tossing the caber, putting the shot, highland dancing, tug-o-war and running. Traditionally, exiled “Nairnites" return home to Nairn for the Games held on the first Saturday after the 12th August each year.
Nairn River and Forest Walks
Whilst both Nairn's East and West beaches are popular with walkers, there are many other local walks including those set out to explore the banks of the River Nairn and the nearby River Findhorn, and the way-marked nature trails of the Culbin Forest.
Nairn is a bird-watcher's paradise as can be seen from the fine selection of local bird photography at www.thenairnbirder.blogspot.com Greeting cards and postcards of images are available.
Nairn Heritage Trails
A signposted trail includes all of Nairn's major historical markers from the old riverside kirkyard and the Court House down through the town to the Harbour and the Wallace Bandstand (outside the Braeval Hotel). Or visit Auldearn, to the east, where a way-marked route gives a fascinating glimpse into the village's turbulent past.
Lying between Nairn and Inverness, is one of the most imposing military fortifications to be found anywhere in Europe. Built to intimidate the Highlanders in the aftermath of Culloden, the fort is still in military use today and contains the Regimental Museum of the Seaforth and Cameron Highlanders.
The 14th century home of the Tanes of Cawdor, this dramatic fairytale castle complete with medival tower and drawbridge, is still lived in by the family. Cawdor has an excellent collection of antiques, paintings and tapestries, as well as a restaurant, beautiful gardens, nature trails and a 9-hole golf course. Web Address: http://www.cawdorcastle.com
Dating from 16th century, Brodie Castle contains a notable collection of fine furniture, porcelain, paintings and a fine 17th century ceiling. In the grounds, there is also a picnic area, woodland walks and an adventure playground. Web: Click here
Dolphin and seal spotting in the Moray Firth on board “Seacruise”: http://www.phoenix-boat-trips.co.uk
Angling and Sea Angling
The River Narin, Clunas Dam and many smaller lochs are home to Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.
Jacobite Cruises Loch Ness
Unwind amongst some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery on a Jacobite Cruise along the Caledonian Canal and on to Loch Ness. Combined coach and cruise trips are also available. Light refreshments on board, and a fully licensed bar. To complete the experience, do a bit of Nessie Spotting - you could go home with a monster tale to tell! For more information on Jacobite Cruises visit their web site at: http://www.jacobitecruises.co.uk
The Whiskey Trail
South east of Nairn, along the banks of the River Spey, visitors can discover over half of the whiskey distilleries in Scotland. Several of these world famous distilleries have come together to establish 'The Whiskey Trail' to enable visitors to witness each part of the production process and then sample the unique tastes of Speyside's finest product.
West of Nairn is the site of the last battle on British soil where, on 16th April 1746, the Jacobite Rising of 1745 came to its tragic conclusion with the crushing defeat of the Young Pretender, Prince Charles Edward Stuart, and his loyal Highland followers. Visit the battlefiled and the newly renovated visitor centre with multi-lingual audio-visual presentations operated by the National Trust for Scotland.
The North Coast 500 route is Scotland's answer to Route 66.
This 500 mile coastal route spans the north coast of the Highlands taking in the best bits of this glorious region. The route starts in Inverness, then weaves along the west coast to some fo the most northerly coastal points in Scotland. If you're planning Route 500 and heading from the east of Scotland, Nairn is the ideal place to take a break before your adventure or to relax on your way home again.