Best of Nairn – Family Adventures

For those considering a holiday in the Highlands, look no further than Nairn. With stunning views over the Moray Firth, long sandy beaches and a range of family-fun attractions, it’s the perfect base for unearthing all that the Highlands has to offer.

To celebrate all of the exciting things to see and do in and around Nairn, Parkdean Resorts has teamed up with Pamela from Scottish Family Living, one of Scotland’s best-known family lifestyle bloggers. Here are some of the amazing places they explored on their family adventure.

Cawdor Castle

Just a 10-minute drive from the centre of Nairn is Cawdor Castle, a fairy tale like castle offering stunning interiors, amazing gardens and riverside walking trails. Built in the 14th century, this castle is steeped in history. On a visit, you’ll get the chance to explore the medieval tower, dramatic dungeons, fascinating drawbridge and so much more. Take a tour around this ancient stately home, admiring the Drawing Room, Tapestry Bedroom, and The Old Kitchen.

Then, head outside to Cawdor’s three impressive gardens; the Walled Garden, the Flower Garden and the Wild Garden. From beautiful roses and rare blue poppies, to ancient trees and contemporary sculptures, the castle’s grounds really are the perfect place to sit back and relax. These gardens are also surrounded by wonderful woodlands, where you’ll find a number of fantastic walking routes that are just waiting to be explored.

Nairn East Beach

Of course, you can’t holiday in Nairn without visiting the beautiful East Beach. With white sands stretching for miles and vibrant blue waters, it’s the ideal place to build sandcastles, enjoy a picnic or try your hand at a range of watersports, such as kite or wind surfing.

If you’re travelling with children, then they’ll love it here. There are plenty of rock pools dotted along the beach, where kids and adults alike can search for marine life, including crabs and starfish. It’s also one of the best places in the Highlands to see dolphins. The beach overlooks the Moray Firth, which is home to a playful pod of dolphins, so don’t forget your binoculars on a visit. It’s likely that you’ll spot an array of birds here too, such as oystercatchers and herring gulls.

Fort George

Just a 20-minute drive from Nairn is Fort George, one of the most spectacular forts in Europe. It was built as a base for King George II’s army after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, but after taking almost 22 years to complete, the threat had settled down by the time it was finished. However, the fort was not wasted, and has since served the British Army for over 250 years.

Take a step back in time and explore the main fort, which is bigger than the size of five football pitches! From garrison buildings and cannons, to gunpowder barrels and a collection of weapons, you’ll get a fascinating insight into 18th century military life. There are historic barrack rooms available to view too, where you can see the conditions in which the soldiers once lived. Whether you’re travelling with little ones, toddlers or teenagers, it’ll be a fun and educational day out for the whole family.

Landmark Forest Adventure Park

If you head 40 minutes inland from Nairn, you’ll find Landmark Forest Adventure Park, packed with family-fun activities such as a climbing wall, high wire courses, a maze, rollercoasters and so much more.

Don’t miss the Wild Water Coaster, which features three raft rides over waterfalls, perfect for adrenaline junkie families. There’s also the Dinosaur Kingdom at the park, Scotland’s largest and best dinosaur experience. Home to realistic gigantic beasts such as the Triceratops, Stegosaurus and the 50-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex, this fantastic attraction is truly mesmerising for the whole family.

 

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