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If you are planning to explore the Scottish Highland’s during your next visit to our beautiful country, Nairn is the perfect base. Scotland is often slated for its raining weather, however, this attractive town is one of the driest and sunniest places in the country! This guide looks at the top things to do in Nairn including hotels and accomodation.
This small seaside town is on the Moray Firth and is close to many famous Scottish landmarks including the Culloden Battlefield, Fort George, Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle, and Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.
Nairn is also a popular stop-off for tourists that are travelling on the North Coast 500.
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Things to do in Nairn
Nairn is well known for its stunning sandy beach. Great for family breaks and romantic getaways you can enjoy long promenade walks, fun games on the putting green and dolphin spotting in the famous Moray Firth.
Many choose to visit Nairn during the spring and summer months due to some of the unique events that happen here during this season, including the Nairn Agricultural Show and the Nairn Highland Games. Read on to discover our favourite things to do in Nairn.
Top on our list of things to do in Nairn is golfing. Nairn has not one but three golf clubs! Making it a popular holiday destination for those that love the sport.
Choose between championship golf courses such as Nairn Golf Club, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, and Castle Stuart.
Discover this romantic Highland castle, which is located about 5 miles southwest of Nairn. This tourist attraction in Nairn is rated five stars by the Scottish Tourist Board.
The castle was the 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor, however, it is most famous for its Shakespearian connections. The events which happened in the 11th-century tale of Macbeth happened here long before the castle was built, but many choose to visit here because of the links.
There are excellent options for fishing on the River Nairn. This river is known to be a productive salmon and sea trout area.
The best month for fishing here is in July according to local anglers. You will likely catch sea trout during this month and can also be a good month for salmon fishing.
Culbin Forest is simply magical. It stretches for more than 8.5 miles along Nairn’s coastline. Tourists mainly come to enjoy nature walks here as there is lots here to discover, however, it is also a great spot for bird watching.
A great day out for the kids (over 8) and adults. Bowhunter archery offers 3D targets, combat dodge archery, field archery and even archery courses. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to fire a bow and arrow? Or is that just me…?
The Clava Cairns
The Clava Cairns are a collection of Bronze Age cairns and standing stones. These standing stones and cairns are about 4000 years old making this one of the oldest sites in Scotland.
If you are an Outlander fan, these cairns are supposedly the inspiration behind the Craigh na Dun standing stones used to send Claire back in time.
Pheonix Sea Adventures
Exploring the coast around Nairn is an excellent day out. The area has an abundance of wildlife with dolphins, seals and a whole host of seabirds on the agenda.
There are 2 hour, 1 hour and private cruises available. Visit their website here.
Accommodation in Nairn
Nairn is a popular tourist stop with loads to do. As such, you are really spoiled for choice with accommodation in Nairn.
Our top choice for couples staying in Nairn is Washington House. This stunning guest house in Nairn offers guests sea views and its stylish modern rooms are simply luxurious.
This is a great base in Naird for NC500 travellers as free WiFi and free private parking is available. Guests also have access to a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. Hosts here also leave guests complimentary toiletries.
Once you are ready to begin your next day of adventure, you can kick start it with a continental or buffet breakfast.
Excellent location! This popular B&B located in Nairn is just a short distance away from Nairn Beach.
Tali Ayer is a wonderful place for you to unwind after a day of exploring as guests can chill out in the property’s spacious garden and enjoy the antique furniture which is scattered about.
When you retire to your room you can take full advantage of the flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and a private bathroom. Some rooms at this traditional Scottish hideaway have a grand fireplaces- perfect for a cosy winter evening.
The Tali Ayer is only 550 yards from Nairn Museum and is a short drive away from Cawdor Castle.
Great for families Hay Lodge in Nairn offers guests a choice of large, attractive rooms.
This four-star bed and breakfast accommodation is just a 5-minute walk from the beach and boasts a comfortable outdoor terrace area which guests can use throughout their stay.
If you are travelling into Inverness after your stay in Nairn, this hotel is less than twenty-five minutes away from this wonderful city.
Hotels in Nairn
There is a fantastic selection of hotels to choose from in Nairn.
The Muthu Newton Hotel
The Muthu Newton Hotel is popular with international travellers that are visiting Nairn to enjoy its wonderful selection of golf courses.
This hotel is on the border of Nairn Golf Course and is set in 21 acres of scenic parklands. Views from this hotel are excellent as it overlooks the Moray Firth and beyond to the Black Isles.
Guests can also book a table at the onsite Chaplin’s Restaurant in the hotel’s conservatory, where they can enjoy traditional Scottish meals and local produce.
Golf View Hotel & Spa
This beachfront hotel is the dream destination for those looking for a luxury spa break in Nairn.
In the morning guests can walk through the hotels pretty gardens=to the seashore and return to the hotel for an afternoon of pampering at the spa. Once the evening arrives you can enjoy fine dining in the AA Rosette-awarded Fairways Restaurant.
Are you looking for self-catering breaks in Nairn. There are several cottages scattered about the town that will suit your needs. We have chosen our favourite self-catering spot in the town below.
Dram Cottage is an excellent choice for guests that are looking for pet-friendly accommodation Nairn.
This cosy spot near the beach is less than a mile away from Nairn Museum. At the end of the day, guests can relax in the property’s patio , BBQ and garden and watch the stunning sunset over Nairn.
The holiday home is a great choice for a group or for a family as it features two bedrooms, a flat-screen TV, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a washing machine, and a well-sized bathroom with a bath.
Nairn is positioned excellently to explore Aberdeenshire, the Northern Cairngorms, the Northern Highlands, the Great Glen, Glen Affric and Inverness.
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