Nairn, Scotland – on the Moray Firth


Nairn’s greatest asset has always been its marvellous sandy beach which makes for the perfect family holiday: sand castles, lovely promenade walks (ideal for wheel-chairs), putting green, crazy golf, leisure park and a swimming pool – all set against the backdrop of the Moray Firth with its wonderful views and a chance to see the famous Moray Firth dolphins. In 2021 the exciting new Splashpad opened and has become a great attraction for youngsters of all ages. In recent years Nairn has become extremely popular with wild swimmers, paddle-boarders, wind surfers and kayakers. 

Nairn is the perfect base for exploring the Scottish Highlands and is close to Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle, Inverness and Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. Within the town there is the historic Fishertown area to explore or perhaps a visit to Nairn Museum will reveal more of the history of this Victorian seaside resort.

If you enjoy outdoor activities there are walks around Nairn, up the river or perhaps along the nearby Dava Way. There are options for fishing on the River Nairn or bird watching at nearby Culbin Forest, which is also great for walking. And if all this wears you out then there are lots of opportunities to relax with a drink or enjoy a superb meal in one of Nairn’s highly rated restaurants.

Nairn is a good starting point for the now famous North Coast 500 – a 516-mile (830 km) scenic route around the north coast of Scotland.

Nairn is best known for its championship golf courses –  Nairn Golf Club, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club and nearby Castle Stuart.

Nairn is well connected by bus, train and air – see the travel page. Get the GO-HI journey planner App on your phone for journeys across the Highlands & Islands. There is no Tourist Information Centre in Nairn so use to plan ahead and reserve accommodation in a local Bed & Breakfast, hotel or self-catering holiday cottage. There is now free public Wi-Fi in Nairn High St.

Community Events List Here 

The Nairn Year at a Glance – 2021 dates where known

Nairn Farmers’ Show – cancelled 2021
Nairn Highland Games on 21st August, cancelled.
Book & Arts Festival 9th-12th Sept live events and online.
Coast to Coast Rat Race sets off from Nairn, 11th-12th Sept.
Cinema Nairn
Music Nairn
Jazz Nairn 
Check the Community Events Calendar for all events.

Golfing in Nairn

nairn dunbar

Nairn Dunbar

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

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.

Together these clubs provide a challenging and enjoyable test for all standards of players – from beginners to the world’s top amateurs and professionals. In 2017 they jointly hosted The Boys Amateur Championship – the second time the championship has been played at Nairn. They welcomed a field of 252 of the world’s leading boy golfers to take part in the championship which featured 23 nationalities in the 2014 event.