Coastal Adventures in Nairn

With spectacular views over the Moray Firth, an array of incredible wildlife, and plenty of golden sandy beaches, Nairn is the perfect destination for a family holiday. 

To celebrate the beauty of Nairn’s coastline, Parkdean Resorts teamed up with Pamela from Life with Munchers, one of Scotland’s best-known family lifestyle bloggers. Pamela packed the car and set off with her two kids and husband for a family coastal adventure in Nairn. Here are some of the amazing places they explored! 

East Beach

Backed by beautiful sand dunes, East Beach, in Nairn is a great place for a family day out. The white sand here stretches for miles, making it the perfect place to build sandcastles, enjoy a picnic or simply paddle along the shoreline. There are plenty of rock pools dotted along the beach, and little ones will love searching for marine life. On a visit, take in the stunning views across the Moray Firth, and look out for the pod of dolphins that call the area home. 

After exploring the beach, head up the woodland path behind the sand dunes, which will take you through the stunning Culbin Forest. Here, you will find a range of wildlife, including red squirrels and pine martens.

Brodie Castle 

Just 5 miles from Nairn is Brodie Castle, a 16th century castle that was home to the Brodie clan for over 400 years. From art collections to striking decorations, there’s so much to see inside. However, what really makes this castle stand out from the rest is its beautiful landscaped garden. Around the grounds there are also a range of beautiful walking trails. As well as dazzling daffodils and nature trails, there’s the new Playful Garden with its  huge rabbit sculpture, a mini castle and a fantastic play area for children to enjoy.

The Pond Walk, taking around 45 minutes, is an easy and flat route that will take you past a beautiful lake and a 1,200-year-old Pictish carved stone. The Green Walk has a slightly tougher terrain, taking you along a grassy path through the wonderful woodland, where you’ll see towering trees and a variety of woodland creatures.

Moray Coast Trail

Cullen

If you’re looking for a scenic walk over a few days whilst you’re in Nairn, then look no further than the Moray Coast Trail. It starts in Forres and runs for 50 miles along the coastline through Burghead and Lossiemouth to Buckie and Cullen. Enjoy spectacular views of beaches, fishing villages and marvellous woodlands along the way. Keep an eye out for dolphins, whales and seals that are often spotted playing in the waters too! 

 

 

Nairn Museum 

Learn about the history and heritage of Nairn and the surrounding areas by visiting the fascinating Nairn Museum. From exhibitions on the history of the harbour to local archaeology, discover how people in Nairn lived many years ago. The museum is particularly popular with children, as there are a range of interactive, hands-on exhibitions to enjoy, as well as a fun-packed play area.

There’s also a room dedicated to Scotland’s coastline, the ‘Fishertown’ room. Inside, you’ll find model boats, paintings, and old compasses, as well as exhibitions and displays on the life of fishermen and their families in the 19th century. 

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