Nairn’s greatest asset is its marvellous sandy beach and makes for the perfect family holiday: sand castles, promenade walks, putting green, leisure park and swimming pool along with wonderful views and a chance to see the famous Moray Firth dolphins. Nairn is well known for its championship golf courses – Nairn Golf Club, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club and nearby Castle Stuart.
Nairn is an excellent base for exploring the Scottish Highlands and is close to Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle, Inverness, Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. If you enjoy outdoor activities check out walking in Nairn and Forres, the Dava Way or try off-road cycling. Or perhaps a more relaxed fishing or bird watching holiday? There is a Tourist Information Point in Nairn Community & Arts Centre but use visitNAIRN.com to plan ahead and book accommodation (no booking fees).
The Nairn Year at a Glance:
The Nairn Rotary Nairnshire Challenge is on Sunday 22nd May.
The Nairn Farmers’ Show is held close to Auldearn on 30th July.
The Highland Games is Nairn’s biggest event and held this year on 20th August on Nairn Links. The piping starts around 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 at 12.30.
The annual Book & Arts Festival runs from 30th August to 4th Sept. Each month Cinema Nairn screens a classic film and Music Nairn hosts a classical music evening – both in the Community Centre. Jazz Nairn also hosts a number of events through the year. 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.