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. 

Nairn beach

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.

Arts, culture and festivals

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.



Golf clubs

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.






Food & drink

With over thirty restaurants and caf├ęs 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.



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. 

Here are some more useful links to help you plan your trip to Nairn:


Visit Nairn


Nairn Golf Club

Nairn Museum

National Trust for Scotland

Historic Scotland