Nairn is a Town on the Moray Coast
area of Scotland, 16 miles east of
Nairn is popular for its Museum, Beaches,
Old Courthouse on the High Street,
Holiday Park, Boat Trips, and
a number of Walks in
the area including Randolph's Leap and
the Moray Way.
See also a large Click On
Map for the area Top Attractions.
Camping & Touring
Parks in the area.
The image top is of Nairn Train
Station, opened in 1855, on the line
connecting Inverness and Aberdeen. It is about
1 mile from the Train Station down past the War
Memorial and High Street to the Beaches.
The second image is of Nairn War Memorial
and St Ninian's Church. The Memorial was built
in 1922, now with names from the Two World
St Ninian's Church was completed in
In front of St Ninian's Church is the
Jubilee Fountain, erected in 1897.
Nairn High Street runs from the Fountain
east, with the most notable building being the
1818. The Image here shows the Tower being
renovated in 2019. There was a much older
Tolbooth on this site before the
To the north of the High Street is King
Street, where you can find the Nairn Museum, in Viewfield
House, giving information on the Town and
surrounding area over the centuries. The House
was built for Colonel Ludovic Grant in
Next to the Museum is Nairn Bowling Club,
Rugby Training Park, and the Nairn Community &
Arts Centre for Films,
Shows, Arts and Crafts.
A short walk north of King Street is the
vast Beach Area with a Bandstand, Outdoor Pool,
Kids Play, Cafes, Bar Diner, and Leisure Centre
with an Indoor Pool.
The Harbour area at the Beaches has a statue
of the Nairn Fishwife,
erected in 2007 to commemorate the Women of
Nairn that worked in the Herring Industry,
gutting and packing the Herring into barrels, a
huge business in the 1800s and early 1900s.
Adventures runs Boat Trips from Nairn
Harbour to the Moray Firth to view Wildlife
such as Seals, Porpoise, and Dolphins.
By the Harbour is Nairn Lochloy
Holiday Park, with a Diner, Entertainment, and
spaces for Touring and Camping.
On the east side of the Harbour, next to the
Holiday park, is Nairn East Beach, probably one
of the top Beaches in Scotland.
Nairn Dunbar Golf
Club is by the East Beach, founded in 1899,
with the course built on land gifted by Sir
Nairn Golf Club
is on the north side of the Town, founded in
1887, now a top Links Course.
The most prominent Clans in this area were:
Brodie, Calder, Campbell, Dunbar, Gordon,
Macintosh, Rose, Comyn, and Rait. Scottish
Clans were famous for fighting each other,
normally their closest neighbour's, why the
head of a Clan lived in a Castle. Marriage was
often used to end centuries of murders between
1100s - there was a Castle at Nairn, said to
be by the Harbour.
1200s - Rait Castle was
built for Clan Rait, 4 miles south of Nairn,
later owned by Mackintosh and Campbell's. Now a
Ruin that can be visited.
1300s - the earliest parts of Cawdor Castle
were built for Clan Calder, 6 miles southwest
of Nairn, now a Campbell Castle through
marriage, can be visited.
1500s - Brodie Castle
was built for Clan Brodie, 7 miles east of
Nairn, now owned by the National Trust, can be
1589 - King James VI of Scotland visited
Nairn, stating the People at either end of the
High Street spoke different languages, some
Scots and others Gaelic.
Nairn was at that time growing around the
1700s late - Thomas Telford built the
Harbour at Nairn, in the area known as
1818 - Nairn Courthouse was built on the
site of an earlier Tolbooth.
1855 - Nairn Train Station opened, on the
line that connected Inverness to Aberdeen,
leading to Nairn becoming a popular Holiday
Town, with many new Villas and Hotels built
from that time.
1860s - the Fishing Industry at Nairn was at
its peek, with over 100 local Fishing
1887 - Nairn Golf Club was founded.
1897 - the large Golf View Spa
Hotel was built close to Nairn Golf
1940s - the long sandy Beaches at Nairn were
used for Troops to train for the Normandy
Landings during World War Two.
The Future - an Old Quarry at Nairn Beach is
to be converted to an Open Air Amphitheatre for
Outdoor Theatre and Music by Local Groups.