Nairn has been a spa holiday town for well over a hundred years with beautiful beaches and even its own “micro-climate”, said to be even sunnier and warmer than places just a few miles away, such as Inverness; visit Nairn’s harbour and view its yachts or take a boat trip offshore from Inverness to see the only place in Scotland with a resident dolphin population.

Nairn really is the perfect base for touring the Highlands and boasts 2 championship golf courses (Nairn and Nairn Dunbar) and another 20 within easy reach including a great new golf £70 million course just 10 miles away at Castle Stuart opened in July 2009 constructed on land that was bequeathed by Mary Queen of Scots to her half-brother the first Earl of Moray; historic Castles such as Cawdor and Brodie are very close as is the battlefield of Culloden (about 12 miles away); wildlife abounds and the area also offers:

  • Sandy beaches
  • TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2013 names Nairn Beach in top 25 beaches in the U.K!
  • Just a few miles from Inverness & Loch Ness
  • The Moray Firth has a resident population of dolphins and seals. (The WDCS Dolphin and Seal Centre (Tel: 01463 731866) is a great place for information. Best time to see dolphins? 1½ – 2 hours after low tide. Wonderful dolphin and wildlife photos by local photographer can be seen at
  • Dolphin boat trips run from Inverness (approx. 14 miles).
  • Golf (Nairn with 2 Championship courses) Nairn Golf Course; Nairn-Dunbar Golf Course; Castle Stuart Golf Course and 20 more courses easily within reach. New! Opening to the public on 15th July 2013 The Trump International courseis 2 hours away at Balmedie, Aberdeenshire
  • Walking
  • Bird watching
  • Highland country sports
  • Highland Games in many Highland towns during the season
  • Horse riding
  • Fascinating tours of the many whisky distilleries within easy reach (e.g. Speyside, the Whisky Trail)
  • Touring. Self guided or with an excellent local guide
  • Historic castles such as Cawdor, Brodie
  • Historic sites such as Culloden; Clava Cairns
  • Fascinating Nairn Museum
  • Indoor swimming pool with steam bath (5 minute walk)
  • Fishing (a salmon weighing over 30 pounds was caught on the River Nairn in April 2005). For river fishing licences and information contact Laurie Fraser on (01667) 453038 . For trout and coarse fishing try or Achagour (like mini-lochs) at Ardclach, near Nairn for trout fishing
  • Just 8 miles from Inverness Airport and well-served by EasyJet and Flybe Airlines
  • Squash, tennis, gym & sauna (in Leisure Centre – only 5 minutes walk)
  • The Scotland on Sunday newspaper reported that according to Trip Advisor, Nairn came second in an online poll of the top-ten best places to visit in 2010.”…the resort of Nairn, on the Moray coast, is about to undergo an extraordinary resurrection after being voted the second-most favoured global destination for 2010. The accolade has been bestowed by TripAdvisor, the world’s most influential travel website, which quizzed 3,000 online users on their choice as the hot vacation spots for the coming year.”
  • Information all about Nairn can be found on the great website


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