Sightseeing & Activities
The area around Nairn offers a huge variety of things to do. Step back in history with a visit to a castle or ancient abbey, or simply enjoy being outdoors in nature with a walk or cycling tour. You can also get boat trips to see the Moray Firth dolphins or sometimes spot them from the shore.
This romantic fairytale castle has been the home of the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370. Although perhaps best known for its literary connection to Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, the castle was built many years after the 11th-century King Macbeth. Surrounded bylovely gardens and wooded riverside trails, it is just a few miles drive between Nairn and Inverness.
Are you interested in history? Then learn more about the last battle on British soil where the 1745 Jacobite Rising came to its tragic end. The new and award-winning visitor centre explains all about the events leading up to, during and after the Battle of Culloden. Situated just outside Inverness, it is an easy day trip from Cawdor House in Nairn.
Set at the tip of the Black Isle and at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth, Cromarty is the Highlands' best preserved historic town. Visit the award-winning museum or take a boat trip to see the dolphins. From the top of the hill you have an amazing views over the Moray and Cromarty Firths.
Chanonry Point on the Black Isle is now a world-famous location for dolphin-watching. It sits on the Moray Firth near Rosemarkie Bay (golf course and coastal walks), opposite historic Fort George.
This popular walk through the Darnaway Forest follows the gorge carved out by the River Findhorn. A lovely walk of around two hours.
Lochindorb (from the Gaelic Loch nan Doirb meaning "loch of the minnows") is a freshwater loch south of Nairn. The ruins of Lochindorb Castle, a former stronghold of the Clan Comyn, sit on a small island. This is a popular spot for fishing and birdwatching, but remains a quiet and mysterious place.
An oasis of peace in this RSPB nature reserve just along the coast from Nairn. There are plenty of easy walking trails through this beautiful pine forest and sandy dunes. Don't miss like the Hill 99 trail with its trig point and the wooden tower with amazing views above the treetops.