There’s such a lot to do in Nairn itself even before you venture out to the many attractions in the area. There is of course the sandy beach which is great for families and sunbathers – if you are lucky enough to get the sun. If you’d like to explore the town and uncover more of its interesting history then get yourself a copy of the Treasure Trail and head-off on a murder/mystery quest. The trail incorporates all the main points of interest and takes around 1.5 hours to complete. Available for purchase from The Nairn Bookshop at 94 High St or Nairn Museum.
Other things to do include the Swimming Pool with inflatables sessions which children love. There is the putting green and crazy golf – clubs and balls from the Swimming Pool. Nearby you’ll find James’s Cafe which serves delicious homemade ice cream and waffles. The Leisure Park itself has a number of activities for children including a zip wire and climbing frame.
Not far from the Central Car Park you’ll find a children’s play park with swings, slides and a paddling pool (open certain hours in the Summer). Nearby is the Links Cafe which serves snacks, ice cream, teas and coffees.
In Viewfield Park you’ll find Nairn Museum – a great place to discover more about Nairn’s history and its links with many parts of the world. Find out more about what Nairn was like as a busy fishing port. And of course, don’t forget to visit the High St and look round the various shops.
Other places to visit
Recognised as ‘Best Visitor Attraction’ in the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards 2012, Craggan Outdoors is just 30 minutes from Nairn at Grantown-on-Spey. The wide range of activities includes archery, clay pigeon, climbing/abseiling, golf, gorge walking, high ropes, kayaking, mountain biking, River Spey canoe trips, and a zip wire. All taking place in beautiful Speyside scenery at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.
On a gravel terrace above the River Nairn is one of Scotland’s most evocative sacred prehistoric sites. The Clava Cairns are dominated by a line of three exceptionally well-preserved burial cairns, each enclosed by stone circles. The burial cairns at Clava are around 4,000 years old. They are not quite like those elsewhere in northern Britain.
This is truly a unique Visitor Centre Experience – the only of its kind in Britain! DISCOVER all about the ancient craft of coopering in our ‘Acorn to Cask’ exhibition.
* why millions of casks are still needed today
* why casks are shipped around the world
Located just 10 miles from Inverness in natural woodland between Nairn and Ardersier: COMBAT ARCHERY, 3D TARGET ARCHERY and ALTERNATIVE FIELD ARCHERY!
Instruction and Equipment Provided.
Visitors, Families, Groups, Parties and Clubs Welcome.
Our real-life escape games are specially designed to challenge and excite your group as you race against the clock to uncover clues and complete a series of puzzles. With just 60 minutes on the clock, teams of 2-6 players must work together drawing on their problem solving skills focusing on making good their escape before the time runs out.
Address: 3 Union St, Inverness, IV1 1PP
Telephone: 07788 254629 | Go to Website
Fort George is a must-visit on any trip to the Highlands. There is so much to see, from the imposing artillery defences bristling with cannon to the grand magazine. The Fort also offers magnificent views across the Moray Firth and a reasonable expectation of seeing the dolphins.
Brodie Castle is a fine 16th century Z-plan tower house with 17th and 19th century additions, set in peaceful parkland. It contains fine French furniture, English, Continental and Chinese porcelain and a major collection of paintings.
On 16th April 1746 the last battle to be fought on British soil took less than an hour to reach its bloody conclusion on what is now known as Culloden Moor. There is a superb visitor centre with numerous interactive displays outlining full details of this significant battle. There is also an excellent restaurant and gift shop.
Phoenix Sea Adventures
Departing from Nairn harbour on board a 10.5 metre waterjet powered Cabin Rib, enjoy the magnificent views of “Fishertown” and beautiful local beaches from a different aspect.
There’s an abundance of wild-life in the area and the possibility of a sighting of seals, porpoises and dolphins.
Address: Nairn Harbour, Nairn, IV12 4PH
Telephone: 01667 457175 | Go to Website
Logie Steading is home to a range of business enterprises and includes a Cafe, Arts & Gifts, Textile Artists, Secondhand Bookshop, Specialist Food & Drink, Whisky & Wine, Farm and Garden Shop with Heritage Centre and the start point for a walk along the Findhorn River and Randolph’s Leap.
A magical name, romantically linked by Shakespeare with Macbeth. A superb fairy-tale Castle, and just what every visitor is looking for. The castle and gardens are open every day from 10am to 5pm until October 10th. There are 3 beautiful gardens, gift shop, book shop, wool shop, restaurant, nature walks and 9-hole golf course.
Geddes Trout & Course Fishery
Three lochs – 1 bait, 1 fly and 1 coarse rainbows and wild browns are in the bait and fly lochs. Carp, roach and perch are in the coarse loch, Geddes lochs is one of the most natural looking lochs in the highlands with an abundance of wildlife including otters and ospreys and its only 3 miles from Nairn.
Magnificently sited, overlooking Loch Ness, Urquhart is one of the largest castles in Scotland, with a long and colourful history. Built in the 1230s, seized by the English in 1296, sacked by the MacDonald Lord of the Isles in 1545 and left to fall into decay after 1689. Most of the existing buildings date from the 14th century and include the Grant Tower (16th century), the best-preserved part of the complex.
Highland Spirit Tours
Take a Speyside Whisky Tour and discover the places behind your favourite whiskies. Discover new whiskies and expressions in beautiful Speyside. Choose between a selection of distillery tours and tastings with a tailor made itinerary. Our tours are private for a maximum of 3 passengers with departures from Nairn, Inverness and the Moray Speyside area.
Speyside Heather Centre
Garden and Heather Centre with lovely Scottish gift shop; tasteful gifts including Jewellery, Paperweights. Pictures, Pot Pourri, Gift Cards all incorporating heather – many made at the centre. Gift Shop includes Scottish videos, soft toys, cosmetics, etc – something for all the family. Be sure to visit the Clootie Dumpling Restaurant famous for its dumplings served in 21 different ways.
Scottish Exotic Animal Rescue
We are an exotic animal rescue centre based on Harbour Street, Nairn, taking on all sorts of exotic animals from the general public, SSPCA and various other organisations. As we don’t get any external funding we give talks, to help towards the funds needed for vets, feeding, equipment, housing etc.
The Loft, East Grange
East Grange is a family run farm which has diversified into a recreational facility offering activities, great food, kids play and fun, kids parties, events, weddings and function facilities as well as wigwams and camping. The ethos behind the development is “something for everyone”. A place where all the family, friends or corporate teams can get together and have fun.
Highland Wildlife Park
The Highland Wildlife Park is now home to over 200 amazing animals including native Scottish species as well as rare and endangered animals from the world’s mountains and tundra regions. In addition to operating Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland supports education, reasearch and conservation projects in the UK and around the world. We are only 7 miles south of Aviemore.
Address: Kincraig, Kingussie, PH21 1NL
ACE offer the best white water rafting trips throughout Scotland on the Rivers: Findhorn, Tay & Tummel. We provide entertaining and informative activities to suit all ages and abilities that range from the mild to the wild. The River Findhorn offers the best white water rafting in Scotland because it is a natural river that runs all year round.
The Castle, which overlooks the sea, boasts magnificent formal gardens, also designed by Sir Charles Barry. The layout of the gardens was inspired by the gardens at Versailles and contain some of the few remaining parterres in the French style with a definite Scottish flavour.
Strathspey Steam Railway
A fantastic experience for the whole family. Whether you remember the days of steam from yesteryear, or your era is “Thomas the Tank”, or you simply want a relaxing day in the Highlands, come and enjoy a train journey with a difference in spectacular Strathspey.