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This holiday destination is a popular market town and ancient fishing port, ideally positioned in the Scottish Highland Council area. This town is one of the only locations in Scotland where you can sit and relax on a sandy beach while observing dolphins splashing in the sea. The city name, Nairn, is derived from a traditional Gaelic and Scottish variation of a boy's name that means "river with alder trees". The seaside town sits along the Moray Firth Coast and is a beautifully vibrant place to live and visit. The village is best known for its magnificent golf courses and award-winning beaches.

This strategically situated destination is perfect for tourism. You can find a range of affordable accommodation options here, offering scenic panoramic views and great communal facilities for very fair prices. Every type of rental is available, including luxury resorts and villas, mid-range apartments and hotels, along with budget-friendly motels, guesthouses, hostels and B&Bs.

Neighbourhoods of Nairn

The county town of Nairn comprises several smaller wards:

  • The West: You'll find the areas of Ardersier and Culloden here on the west side.
  • The Highlands: This is where the popular neighbourhoods of Strathspey and Badenoch are.
  • The South: The beautiful Inverness 'jewel of a city' enjoys a quiet riverside setting in the south.

What to see and do in Nairn

Enjoy the calm waters and bask under the sun at several of the area's white-sand beaches. Delight yourself with scenic views in any of the numerous golf courses in this locality. Other interesting places you should visit include:

  • RSPB Culbin Sands: You can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while feeling perfect white sand pass between your toes.
  • Rait Castle: This is a historical castle, although only the ruins remain. It's an interesting architectural exhibition.
  • Brodie Castle: You will find an amazing exhibition of Clan Brodie displays in this turreted castle. The Brodies are a Scottish clan with unknown origins. They were involved in many clan wars and became enthusiastic covenanters after the Civil War.
  • Boath Doocot: This historical landmark dates back to the 17th century. It has a conical roof and stands at a height of 7.5 metres.
  • Nairn Museum: This local museum hosts the town's seaside history and archives, and you can learn a great deal by exploring the interesting displays.

What to eat in Nairn

When it comes to dining out, the area has a diverse choice of tasty cafes, restaurants and takeaways. The strong presence of local organic foods, farmers, fresh markets and shop support the city's gastronomic industry with farm-fresh ingredients. Common specialities include lamb dopiaza and a range of fresh seafood, such as salmon. The town takes a lot of pride in its locally produced beef, so you should indeed try a gourmet burger or juicy steak panini. The majority of restaurants offer European, British and Scottish cuisine, but you can also find delicious Asian, Indian, Bangladeshi and Balti foods.

Typical events and festivals in Nairn

  • Book & Arts Festival: Held annually in September, the festival offers an ambitious and one-of-a-kind program of activities celebrating literature, craft, music, theatre and film.
  • Farmers' Show: This event involves livestock exhibitions, food stalls, a craft fair and amusement parks, so there's something for the whole family. It happens at the beginning of August each year.
  • Wheels of Nairn: If you're a classic car enthusiast, you'll enjoy this wonderful display of popular classics alongside modern collectables. This event boasts 200 vehicles. There are also displays of motorcycles, saloons, sports cars, tractors, racing cars and custom vehicles.
  • Highland Games: This event is held in August and is a highlight for locals and tourists. Games include the exclusive ladies and gents' Half Marathon, tug-of-war, putting the shot and tossing the caber. There are also piping contests and dancing competitions.
  • 10 Mile Road Run & Fun Run: This is a charity event that entails a fun run through the town's streets. The whole family is welcome to join in this June run.
  • Bandstand Beer & Music Festival: The annual May event features over 200 ales from 70 different English and Scottish breweries. You can partake in craft gin, whisky and cider tastings, plus enjoy the combination of live music and a barbecue roast.

How to move around in Nairn

Within the town, it's relatively easy to move around. The buses and trains operate on fixed timed schedules, so planning your trips couldn't be easier. You can also hail a taxi or hire a car if you prefer the comfort of a private vehicle. If you're travelling with younger children or packing a considerable amount of luggage, getting a car hire is your best option.

The climate in Nairn

Like most of the British Isles, Nairn enjoys a maritime climate. The average annual temperature on any given day is around 8° C. This seaside destination experiences relatively mild winters and cool to warm summers. December and January are the coldest months. January averages a daily temperature of 7° C, while evenings dip to nippy lows of 1° C. July is the hottest month, although the other summer months are still pretty warm, with average afternoon temperatures of 19° C and evening lows of 11° C. Between August and January, the chance of precipitation is high, so be sure to pack your wellies.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Nairn

The most centrally located hotels in Nairn with the best ratings are: Hotel Invernairne, Hotel The Clubhouse and Muthu Newton Hotel (near Inverness Airport).

It depends on the category of the hotel. If you want to stay at a 4-star hotel in Nairn, the average price per night is 73 , while you will pay an average of 51 for a 3-star hotel, and in a more luxurious 5-star hotel, you"ll pay around 97 .

If you need a hotel with disabled access in Nairn, we recommend Hotel Invernairne, Hotel The Clubhouse and Golf View Hotel & Spa.

According to our clients, if you´re travelling with children, the best hotels in Nairn are Muthu Newton Hotel (near Inverness Airport), Hotel The Clubhouse and Hotel Invernairne.

If you want to save time, the hotel in Nairn with express check-in and check-out is Hotel Invernairne.

Some of the options for hotels with non-smoking rooms in Nairn are Hotel Invernairne, Hotel The Clubhouse and Muthu Newton Hotel (near Inverness Airport).

If you're bringing a vehicle, we recommend that you book a hotel with parking in Nairn, like Hotel Invernairne, Hotel The Clubhouse or Muthu Newton Hotel (near Inverness Airport).

The best hotel with a pool in Nairn is Golf View Hotel & Spa.

The following hotels in Nairn have luggage storage: Hotel Invernairne, Hotel The Clubhouse and Muthu Newton Hotel (near Inverness Airport).