Nairn is renowned around the world for its beautiful sandy beaches which are regularly highly rated on Trip Advisor. In days gone by, Nairn was a hugely popular seaside destination – and still offers a wonderful base for the traditional family holiday. The area benefits from its own micro-climate and is one of the drier and sunnier parts of Scotland. Nairn is situated on the beautiful Moray coast, around 16 miles east of Inverness. 10 miles across the Firth is the mysterious Black Isle and to the east are the Moray towns of Forres and Elgin.
The area has a long and fascinating history with nearby Brodie Castle, Cawdor Castle, Culloden Battlefield, Loch Ness, Urquhart Castle, Fort George and Clava Cairns – among the best preserved Neolithic burial chambers in Scotland. Nairn is the perfect base for exploring the Scottish Highlands. It is well connected by bus, train and air. If you enjoy outdoor activities check out walking in Nairn and Forres, the Dava Way or perhaps off-road cycling. There are options for fishing on the River Nairn or Findhorn – and bird watching at nearby Culbin forest. There is no Tourist Information Point in Nairn so use visitNAIRN.com to plan ahead and reserve accommodation in a local Bed & Breakfast, hotel or self-catering holiday cottage.
In its heyday as a Victorian “spa town” it became known as “the Brighton of the North”. These days, it is perhaps better known for its two championship golf courses – with another just 7 miles away. The Nairn clubs are on the “must play” lists of golfers the world over.
The Nairn Year at a Glance – 2021 dates where known
Nairn Farmers’ Show – cancelled 2021
Nairn Highland Games on 21st August, cancelled.
Book & Arts Festival – 9th-12th Sept mainly online.
Coast to Coast Rat Race sets off from Nairn, 11th-12th Sept.
Check the Community Events Calendar for all events.
Golfing In Nairn
Nairn is known around the world for its two championship golf courses, both set close to the shores of the Moray Firth. The older of the town’s two clubs – The Nairn Golf Club – was founded in 1887 and has hosted a large number of prestigious tournaments down the years, while its slightly younger neighbour, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, was founded in 1899 and has been earning itself a growing reputation among the game’s connoisseurs.
The Nairn Golf Club lies close to the firth shore and is a classic “out and back” par-72 links course. Its crisp fairways, firm and fast greens, deep bunkers and punishing rough, make it a course which players from across the world return to again and again. The Nairn Dunbar has been gaining a reputation as a “must-play” course among visitors on golfing holidays in the North of Scotland. Set behind the dunes of the town’s East Beach, the course has a fine mixture of links and heathland holes which are a delight to play. The fourth to the seventh are probably amongst the most testing sequence of par fours to be found anywhere.