Fringed by gently rising sand dunes, Nairn boasts a beautiful expanse of golden, sandy beach. It's the perfect spot for swimming on a sunny day, having picnics and playing games, or just for enjoying the fabulous views of the Moray Firth. Dolphins are frequently sighted frolicking in the waves. Nairn was recently voted one of Scotland's best beaches in a TripAdvisor survey.
Nairn also has all of the best features of a seaside resort at its disposal: an attractive promenade, a variety of eateries, swimming pool, gym, parks and children's activities - including mini-golf.
Those who enjoy golf are spoiled for choice in Nairn. Throughout the world, it is recognised as a first-class golfing destination, with two championship courses.
Nairn Golf Club, founded in 1887, is one of the oldest in the world and has hosted international tournaments. There is also Nairn Dunbar Golf Club.
With over thirty restaurants and cafés to choose from, there is something to suit everyone's tastes. There is a wide array of takeaway options from a variety of cuisines.
If you are thirsty, there are a number of pubs and bars to visit. The regulars are always friendly and it will give you the opportunity to sample some of the many whiskies distilled in Speyside.
Throughout the year, Nairn hosts a variety of art and culture events. In August, the International Nairn Jazz Festival regularly attracts world-class musicians. The annual Nairn Book and Arts Festival is known for its interesting programme. If drama is what you crave, the Little Theatre regularly puts on productions.
There are a number of interesting boutique shops and galleries to visit and a small museum with a fascinating collection.
Nairn also holds one of the largest Highland Games every year and entry is free.
Inverness boasts Eden Court theatre and the multiplex Vue cinema.
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Nairn and the local area
Nairn has been described as the 'Brighton of the north' for its friendly, seaside vibe. It regularly tops polls and surveys of the best places to visit in the UK and has something to offer couples, groups and families. Here are just some of the highlights of this fantastic town.
Nairnshire and beyond
Nairn is ideally located to allow you to visit all that the Highlands have to offer. Within easy reach of Inverness, Loch Ness and Elgin, not to mention a host of other interesting tourist sites, Nairn is the perfect base for exploration throughout the area. Here are some of the best places to visit in Nairn and beyond.
Landmark Forest Theme Park
In nearby Carrbridge, Landmark has been entertaining families for many years. Boasting water rides and other amusements, a tree-top trail and more, it is the must-visit location for families in the Highlands.
40 minutes by car and well-connected by public transport, Culloden battlefield is the place where the last battle on British soil was fought. It's an eerie, moving place and its visitors' centre is incredibly informative.