There’s lots to do in and around Nairn

With its long, sandy, beaches and promenades Nairn became known in Victorian times as the Brighton of the North. It’s unique micro-climate ensures that it has more hours of sunshine and less rainfall than towns just 15 miles away. So it’s a great place for a family holiday offering a range of B&B accommodation, hotels, and holiday parks. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to eat out with a range of fine restaurants to choose from.

Nairn is fortunate in having two championship golf courses, both set close to the shores of the Moray Firth. Together they provide a challenging and enjoyable test for all standards of players – from beginners to the world’s top amateurs and professionals. The Nairn Golf Club was founded in 1887 and has hosted a large number of prestigious tournaments down the years, including the Walker Cup in 1999. In 2012, the Nairn Club will host the ladies equivalent, the Curtis Cup. Its slightly younger neighbour, Nairn Dunbar Golf Club, was founded in 1899 and has been earning itself a growing reputation among the game’s connoisseurs, having been described by respected golf commentator Peter Alliss as one of Scotland’s hidden gems. Just down the round is the new Castle Stuart Golf Links, destined to become another world-class course. So Nairn is a major golfing centre and offers easy access to a further 30 golf courses within a hour’s drive.

The Moray Firth is home to one of only two colonies of dolphins in the UK and they are often spotted from viewpoints along Nairn’s shore. The seafront also hosts an active harbour, once a fishing port but now berthing mainly leisure craft. Other boat owners offer trips to see the resident bottle-nose dolphins or simply to view Nairn from a different angle.

In addition, Nairn seafront also offers areas of outstanding natural beauty such as Culbin Forest and Culbin Sands Nature Reserve, where many species of indigenous flora and fauna can be seen, as well as a large number of summer visiting birds and migratory flocks. And for those who enjoy the invigorating sea air, there are magnificent views across the Moray Firth.

Loch Ness

Overall, Nairn makes an excellent base for exploring the Scottish Highlands. The town is closely linked to the Battle of Culloden, the last land battle on mainland Britain. A trip to the visitor centre, 12 miles away, will give a fascinating insight into what happened to the Jacobites in 1745. Take a walk around the battlefield and remember how many fell there fighting for what they believed in. Also close to Nairn are Clava Cairns, Fort George, Cawdor Castle, Brodie Castle, Inverness and Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness.

Food & Drink

Bars

Restaurants

  • 112 – contemporary Scottish bistro and wine shop. GF, V and Vegan-friendly. 112 High Street, T. 01667 457135
  • Al Raj – licensed Indian restaurant. 23 Harbour St
  • Aurora Hotel – authentic Italian food in conservatory restaurant. 2 Academy Street, T.01667 453551
  • Bandstand – bar and restaurant at the Braeval Hotel serves traditional Scottish food. T. 01667 452341
  • The Classroom – Bar/Bistro serving locally sourced Scottish food. Children’s menu. 1 Cawdor Street, T. 01667 455999
  • Chaplins Restaurant – Scottish & Mediterranean food at the Newton Hotel. T. 01667 453144
  • Claymore Bar & Restaurant – contemporary Scottish Restaurant at the Clubhouse Hotel. T. 01667 453321
  • Dragon Pearl – Chinese. 72 High St T. 01667 454158
  • Hickory Restaurant – locally sourced Scottish produce at the Golf View Hotel. T. 01667 452301
  • Lorenzo’s – Italian, Mediterranean. 71 High St T. 01667 455755
  • Nairn Tandoori – Indian. 61 High St T. 01667 456293
  • Ozzy Ali – Mediterranean and Scottish fare. 46a High St T. 01667 258 421
  • Royal Bengal – Indian. 89 High St T. 01667 454442
  • Speldings – family-friendly restaurant and take-away at Nairn Lochloy Caravan Park, T. 0344 335 2272
  • Sun Dancer – contemporary Scottish restaurant with spectacular views. Take-away available. Harbour Street, T. 01667 370037
  • Westerlea Hotel – Traditional, locally sourced Scottish food. Regular Steak Nights. Children’s Menu. Inverness Road, T. 01667 452136

Cafe’s 

  • Basil Harbour – Café & Ice Cream Parlour popular for light lunches, 136 Harbour Street, T.01667 454774
  • Café 96 – breakfast, burgers and sandwiches. King Street, T. 07725 714446
  • Café Lavender – German café serving healthy food, outdoor seating, free wifi. Cawdor House, 7 Cawdor Street, T. 01667 455855
  • Café Nairn – cosy café, highly recommended for breakfast, 117 High St.
  • Coffee Station – Vegetarian Friendly café offering breakfast, lunch and snacks. Railway Station, Cawdor Street, Nairn, IV12 4QS
  • Househill Coffee Shop Open 7 days a week 9.30 until 4.30 pm for breakfast, light lunches and home baking. 01667 451065
  • James’s at the Putting Green – artisan ice cream, waffles, cakes and freshly ground coffee. Marine Road, T. 07749 024477
  • Mosh’s – Casual café, good for kids. 91 High Street, T. 01667 459994
  • Route 66 – American diner serving classic US dishes like pancakes with bacon and maple syrup, burgers, ribs, waffles and sundaes. 11A Leopold St, T. 01667 258040
  • Strathairn Beach Cafe – Serves breakfast rolls, homemade soup, fish tacos, pulled pork buns, hot drinks and ice creams GF, DF and Vegan. Marine Road, T.01667 455131
  • Sun Dancer – the ground floor café in this stylish restaurant serves coffees and ice cream. Harbour Street, T. 01667 370037
  • Wendy’s Hoose – small and friendly café and bakery. 10 High Street.

Take-Aways

  • Caley Take Away – Kebabs, Pizza, Fish & Chips. 46 High St, T. 01667 454438
  • The Castaway – Pizza and Fish & Chips. King St. T. 01667 456 268
  • The Dolphin – Fish & Chips. 69 High St. T. 01667 455534
  • Friar Tucks – Fish & Chips. Harbour St. T. 01667 455759
  • Mr Tan – Chinese, Thai, Malaysian. 76 High St, T. 01667 453884
  • Nairn Tandoori – Indian. 61 High St T. 01667 456293
  • Real Pizza – Salads, Pizzas, Gourmet Burgers. 8 Leopold St. T. 01667 258921
  • Royal Bengal – Indian. 89 High St T. 01667 454442
  • Thai Cottage – Thai & Chinese Food, 77a High Street, T. 01667 454633