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.

Things to do in Nairn

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.



Things to do in Nairn

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.


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.

Cawdor Castle

Things to do in Nairn

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.


Things to do in Nairn

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

Things to do in Nairn

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.

Bowhunter Archery

Things to do in Nairn

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

Things to do in Nairn

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

Things to do in Nairn

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. Click here to visit the Pheonix Sea Adventures Website.


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