Nairn Scotland in United Kingdom is situated on the southern shore of the Moray Firth in Highland Region of Scotland. Views across the firth include the Black Isle. The area is noted for having more sunshine and less rainfall than anywhere else in Scotland. Ideal weather for those on holiday and making use of Nairn beach or pursuing their favourite sports.
Nairn sits on the A96 road, the main route from Inverness to Aberdeen. Distance to Inverness is 16 miles travel time 25 minutes. To Aberdeen is 90 miles with a journey time of just over 2 hours. As an alternative to driving, rail travellers can use Nairn train station if journeying to Inverness or Aberdeen.
The award-winning beach is noted for being kept nice and clean with a long expanse of flat sand and dunes. Dolphins can often be spotted swimming further out from the shore.
At one end of the beach there is an old fishing harbour which dates to the 4th century. Like many other Scottish harbours, fishing boat numbers here have also been dwindling over the years.
In the harbour area you will find Nairn Sailing Club for leisure craft owners. As well as a few small fishing boats and tour boats that take sightseers out looking for dolphins, porpoises and seals.
Parkdean Holiday Park in Nairn Scotland
On the east side of the river, the opposite bank from the harbour, you’ll find Parkdean Holiday Park Nairn. Holiday visitors to this park have the added benefit of the beach right on their doorstep where they can enjoy the much-famed Nairn weather.
If you like to have all the luxuries of home at your disposal while at the beach, then hauling all your beach Paraphernalia the short distance from the caravan will be no problem.
The Nairn caravan park offers other amenities such as a kid’s play park, nature trail, crazy golf, indoor swimming and sauna area. After a busy day, the Lounge Bar provides refreshments and dining facilities for family relaxation.
The Nairn Golf Club and Dunbar Golf Club
Golf enthusiasts have 2 courses to play in the area. The oldest of these is The Nairn Golf Club founded in 1887 and Dunbar Golf Club founded a little later in 1899. The Nairn Golf Club, length 6,722 yards, is only a few miles further east along the coast from the more recently created course, Castle Stuart. Castle Stuart a modern course, has been hosting the Scottish Open in recent years.
Unlike the 9-hole course we spoke about at Glencoe Mountain Resort both courses here are 18-hole. The Nairn par-72 links course has a good reputation of being well cared for and will provide a decent challenge for most players. Highley rated names of those responsible for developing the course include Tom Morris Junior, James Braid and Ben Sayers.
Dunbar Golf Club again a par-72 is slightly longer at 6,761 yards. It is situated on the other side of the River Nairn next to the Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park. This course to offers challenges, with the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh holes particularly requiring good concentration.
Harbour and River Nairn Fishing
Anglers are well catered for in the area. River Nairn fishing permits can be purchased locally in Nairn town centre for some good salmon and sea trout fishing. The River Findhorn is quite close by and offers a change if you have a few days to spend fishing in the area.
Achagour and Geddes Trout fisheries offer blue, brown and rainbow fishing. Anglers have been happy with the stocking of the lochens.
Nairn harbour fishing is mostly done from the piers. Fishing here can often be fruitless, which is made more exasperating when salmon and sea trout are running past you on their journey up the river. Not to say that a sea trout won’t hook you. It is also well asking some of the local fishing boat owners in the harbour, if they are willing to take you out into the Moray Firth to try your luck there.
Whether it’s freshwater or sea fishing you’re after, don’t forget to stock up on some new tackle here.
Nairn County FC
Local football fans of Nairn County FC a Highland League team, have senior football to look forward to at the weekends. The Wee County as they are nicknamed play their football at Station Park with seats for 2.250 fans.
Formed in 1914, their successes to date have been the Highland League winners in 1975–76 season and North of Scotland Cup winners in 2005–06 season and once again in 2012. At the moment they have a healthy squad size of 22.
So, whether you prefer to just relax and enjoy a beach holiday in Nairn Scotland, participate or watch sport, sail out into the firth, you’ll find it all here.