Throughout the year Nairn hosts a number of events offering entertainment for visitors and locals alike.
The first major event of the year is the Nairn 10k Fun usually in March. Later there is the Nairn Rotary “Nairnshire Challenge” which sees around 600 entrants running across 13 miles of lovely Nairnshire countryside and 18 miles by bicycle into the Nairn Links.
The highlight of the year for the farming community is the Nairn Farmers’ Show, held in Auldearn usually on the last Saturday in July.
As well as the livestock competitions, there are flower and produce categories for everything from honey and wine to dahlias and cabbages. You are welcome to enter, or just go along after morning judging to admire the talents of others.
The dog show is often a highlight of the day – especially for children – as is the farmers showing off their prizewinning stock.
As well as trade stands bringing you everything from tools and garden furniture to clothing, often from local suppliers, there is a number of charity tents well worth a visit. The children love to see the tractors, too.
A look around the food fair tent is not to be missed. Local food producers show off their wares and you can meet the person who made that chutney or bread – as well as being able to taste some of what they have on offer. This is food buying as it should be – locally bought and knowing exactly where it came from.
The Highland Games is Nairn’s biggest event and usually held on the 3rd Saturday in August. The piping starts and 9.30am and the Highland dancing and athletics take place in the afternoon. Don’t miss the spectacular Massed Pipes and Drums marching through the town around midday.
The heavy events, such as tossing the caber, are the most popular part of any games, and Nairn is no exception. The competitors will be going all out to with the Cuach na Cuiridh, the Cup of the Strong Man, which is presented to the overall winner of the heavy events.
Nairn & District Club Flower Show has become a very popular show in recent years with a high standard of entries. It is usually held in August. There are exhibits of flowers, fruit & vegetables, as well as homebaking & craftwork and is open to adults & children. All visitors are welcome.
The Nairn Book & Arts Festival is held early Sept.
Autumn sees the Living Food Festival. In the stunning setting of Cawdor Castle the food festival will host a variety of stalls offering the very best in Highland produce, and along with crafts and entertainment, makes a wonderful day out. The event will be held in marquees so can be enjoyed whatever the weather!
To end the year The Nairn Road Runners Turkey Trot is held every Boxing Day. It is a great way to burn off all those extra calories from Christmas Day. Start New Year with in memorable style with a mad dash into the sea in aid of charity.