Welcome to Nairn


The most interesting part of town is the old fishing village of Fishertown, down by the harbour, a maze of narrow streets lined with picturesque cottages.

The big events in the town's calendar are the Nairn Highland Games and the Nairn Book & Arts Festival.


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$112.01 Water Sports

White Water Rafting and Cliff Jumping in the Scottish Highlands

The river Findhorn offers the best white water rafting in the United Kingdom, and is the only rafting trip in the UK above Grade 3 that runs all year. You'll run the challenging and impressive Lower Gorge. Ideal conditions can be expected in spring and autumn, and after rainfall any time of year. The activity includes: • a light lunch, • stunning wilderness scenery, • rapids up to grade 4/5, • abundant wildlife, • heated changing rooms, • quality warm wetsuits, • professional photographs, • optional cliff jumping, • experienced and friendly guides.Please bring a towel, swim suit or bathers and foot wear that is allowed to get wet (we can also supply wet-suit booties for £2.00 a pair, of which the proceeds go to the Findhorn, Nairn and Lossie Fisheries Trust).The minimum age is 13 for the full adventure. Ages 8 to 13 can take part, but must walk round the bigger rapids, depending on water levels. No previous rafting or river experience is required. You only need to be fit enough to comfortably walk 2 miles.

$560.04 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-day Scottish Castles Experience Small-Group Tour from Edinburgh

Day 1: You depart from Edinburgh, travel north, and cross the Queensferry Crossing into the ancient Kingdom of Fife. Your first visit of the day is Falkland Palace. This palace was built in the 16th century and is set in the medieval village of Falkland, which features in the television show, Outlander. You continue to St Andrews where you have a chance to get lunch and explore the cobbled lanes and ancient university buildings. Travelling north towards Aberdeen, you have a chance to admire the House of Dun, a beautiful Georgian mansion located within a woodland estate. In the afternoon, you visit Dunnottar castle. This ruined cliff top fortress is one of Scotland’s megastars and adorns the front covers of travel magazines everywhere. Day 2: Today is spent in the Royal Deeside area, famous for its many castles. Your first visit is Castle Fraser, one of the grandest of the Scottish baronial tower houses. You can round the visit off with a walk through the beautiful 18th century walled garden. Later on, you can have an opportunity to visit Banchory where you might be able to see salmon jumping at the Falls of Feugh. Lunch is at Ballater, before continuing with your afternoon programme. Crathes Castle provides the highlight for the afternoon. You’re free to explore the house and stunning gardens at your own pace. Wandering through the outstanding, world-renowned June Borders, beautiful vistas of the castle can be seen through the fusion of colourful flowers. You return back to Aberdeen for another overnight.Day 3: Your tour heads further north and starts the day with a visit to Fyvie Castle. Fyvie Castle dates back to the 13th century and has a fine collection of arms and armour as well as 17th century tapestries. You continue, travelling through beautiful scenery and on to Nairn, where lunch will be taken at nearby Brodie Castle. You have time to explore this imposing castle’s unusual plasterwork and art collection. In the afternoon, you can take the Clan Walk at the Culloden Visitor Centre. The Clan Stone Walkway is designed to commemorate the Scottish Clans and their clansmen who fought at the battle of Culloden. After the visit, you continue to Forres for your overnight stay. Day 4: You travel south through some of the most stunning scenery Scotland has to offer to Dalwhinnie Distillery where you have the chance to taste the ‘Water of Life’. Dalwhinnie is the highest Distillery in Scotland and takes its waters right from the source of the River Spey. After a lunch stop in Pitlochry, you head to Loch Leven. In the middle of the Loch you find Lochleven Castle, a late 14th-century tower, which was the setting for the most traumatic year in the life of Mary Queen of Scots. You can enjoy a boat ride over to the island and explore at your own leisure before we return back over the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh.

$394.01 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

5 Day Orkney, Ullapool & the Northern Highlands from Glasgow

ItineraryDay 1: From Glasgow to InvernessStop At: Luss Pier, Luss, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandWe stop at Luss for a morning break and views across beautiful Loch Lomond. Loch Lomond is Scotland's largest freshwater loch, and inspiration for many poems from Rabbie Burns.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Tyndrum Community Woodland, Tyndrum, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, ScotlandWe stop at Tyndrum for a bite to eatDuration: 45 minutesStop At: Glen Coe, Glencoe, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe stop at Glencoe for a photo stop and wander through this haunting glen; site of the Massacre of the MacDonald clan.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Fort Augustus, Fort Augustus, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandStop at Fort Augustus for an optional cruise across Loch Ness. Alternatively, enjoy time at the village for refreshments and magnificent views across the water.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe pause for photos at Urquhart CastleDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Inverness Cathedral, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe arrive at Inverness, Capital of the Highlands, where you will check in to your accommodation for the evening.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Choose a single, double, twin or family room at a Bed & Breakfast. Alternatively make your own accommodation arrangementDay 2: From Inverness to OrkneyStop At: Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe pause for photos at Loch FleetDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Golspie Gallery, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe pause for refreshments at the village of Golspie.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: River Helmsdale, Helmsdale, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandAfter Cairn Liath, we pause for photos at the Helmsdale ClearanceDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Pentland Ferries, Gills, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe reach Gills Bay, where we take the ferry over to the Orkney IslandsDuration: 1 hourStop At: The Italian Chapel, St. Mary's, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe stop at the Italian Chapel, and time permitting we have the option to explore the interior of the wonderful building.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Kirkwall Marina, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe arrive in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkneys, where we spend our second night of the 5 day Orkney tour.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Choose a single, double, twin or family room at a Bed & Breakfast. Alternatively make your own accommodation arrangementDay 3: A full day exploring OrkneyStop At: Standing Stones of Stenness, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe stop for photos of the magnificent Stones of StennessDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Ring of Brodgar, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe visit the Ring of Brodgar, a neolithic stone formation in Stromness.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Maeshowe, Stenness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe stop at Maeshowe, an underground chambered cairn where you will have time to explore the passages and chambers.Duration: 1 hour 25 minutesStop At: Skara Brae, Stromness, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandSkara Brae is Europe’s best-preserved Neolithic village, built even before the pyramids of Egypt. You can explore the village and get a glimpse into what life was like for the inhabitants 5000 years ago.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Kirkwall Marina, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands, ScotlandWe return to Kirkwall and check in to our accommodation for the evening.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Choose a single, double, twin or family room at a Bed & Breakfast. Alternatively make your own accommodation arrangementDay 4: Take the NC500 from Orkney to UllapoolStop At: Pentland Ferries, Gills, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe travel from St Margaret's Hope to Gills Bay, back to mainland Scotland.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Thurso iCentre, Thurso, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe stop at Thurso for lunch. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Smoo Cave, Durness, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandSmoo Cave has a 50ft high entrance and it was created through erosion from the sea as well as an underground stream that formed the inner chambers. We pause here for photos.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Ullapool VisitScotland Information Centre, Ullapool, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe arrive at Ullapool, where we check in to our accommodation for the evening.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Choose a single, double, twin or family room at a Bed & Breakfast. Alternatively make your own accommodation arrangementDay 5: Ullapool to GlasgowStop At: Culloden Battlefield, Culloden Moor, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandCulloden Battlefield, where Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites were defeated. You will have some time here to take a walk and soak up the haunting atmosphere. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Clava Cairns, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWe will take short trip to the Clava Cairns, a 4000 year old burial mound surrounded by standing stones.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThe tour then continues on to the 15th century Cawdor Castle, north east of Inverness. Explore the castle and its beautiful gardens where you can even get audio-guides which are available in several languages.Duration: 1 hour 25 minutesStop At: Pitlochry VisitScotland iCentre, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross, ScotlandWe then move on to Pitlochry for refreshments before returning to Edinburgh where our Orkney and the Northern Highlands tour concludes. If you are continuing to Glasgow, your guide will take you to Edinburgh Waverley railway station for the 50 minute free journey by train.Duration: 45 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$197.66 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cawdor Urquhart and Eilean Donan castles

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandStarting your day at cawdor castle home of lady cawdor and made famous by William Shakespeare who wrote the final version of The Tragedie of Macbeth during the spring of 1606. Holinshed’s narrative of witches, prophesy, treason, execution and murder were topics that fascinated King James VI of Scotland (and by then James I of England) to the point of obsession. Shakespeare didn’t miss this opportunity, putting the finishing touches to the script. Completing it in time for a special royal performance at Hampton Court that same summer. Entertaining the King and his brother-in-law, Christian IV, King of Denmark. Although often associated with Cawdor Castle, the murder of Duncan takes place in Inverness Castle. The truth is, Cawdor Castle was not built until the late 14th century, making it impossible for King Duncan to have lost any blood or indeed Lady Macbeth much sleep in this particular house.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandOn the banks of lochness urquhart castle is a jewel in the crown of the highlands Once one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Control of the castle passed back and forth between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. The power struggles continued, as the Lords of the Isles regularly raided both castle and glen up until the 1500s. The last of the government troops garrisoned here during the Jacobite Risings blew up the castle when they left. Urquhart’s iconic ruins remain, offering glimpses into medieval times and the lives of its noble residents.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandKnown as the castle on the island and made more popular in the 1980s due to the highlander film .The name Eilean Donan, or island of Donan, is most probably called after the 6th century Irish Saint, Bishop Donan who came to Scotland around 580 AD. There are several churches dedicated to Donan in the area and it is likely that he formed a small cell or community on the island during the late 7th century.Duration: 1 hour

$177.90 Cultural & Theme Tours

Cawdor Urquhart and Dunrobin castles

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandStarting your day at cawdor castle home of lady cawdor and made famous by William Shakespeare who wrote the final version of The Tragedie of Macbeth during the spring of 1606. Holinshed’s narrative of witches, prophesy, treason, execution and murder were topics that fascinated King James VI of Scotland (and by then James I of England) to the point of obsession. Shakespeare didn’t miss this opportunity, putting the finishing touches to the script. Completing it in time for a special royal performance at Hampton Court that same summer. Entertaining the King and his brother-in-law, Christian IV, King of Denmark. Although often associated with Cawdor Castle, the murder of Duncan takes place in Inverness Castle. The truth is, Cawdor Castle was not built until the late 14th century, making it impossible for King Duncan to have lost any blood or indeed Lady Macbeth much sleep in this particular house.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Urquhart Castle, Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandOnce one of Scotland’s largest castles, Urquhart saw great conflict during its 500 years as a medieval fortress. Control of the castle passed back and forth between the Scots and English during the Wars of Independence. The power struggles continued, as the Lords of the Isles regularly raided both castle and glen up until the 1500s.The last of the government troops garrisoned here during the Jacobite Risings blew up the castle when they left. Urquhart’s iconic ruins remain, offering glimpses into medieval times and the lives of its noble residents.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Dunrobin Castle and Gardens, Golspie, Caithness and Sutherland, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandDunrobin Castle is a stately home in Sutherland, in the Highland area of Scotland, and the family seat of the Earl of Sutherland and the Clan Sutherland. It is located 1 mile north of Golspie, and approximately 5 miles south of Brora, overlooking the Dornoch FirthDuration: 1 hourStop At: Glenmorangie Distillery, Tain, Ross and Cromarty, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis stop is optional at no extra cost You could call in for a taste of the glenmorangie whiskyDuration: 30 minutes

$125.19 Cultural & Theme Tours

Invergordon port to Cawdor castle and lochness

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cawdor Castle, Nairn, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandStart your day at cawdor castle made famous by Shakespeare writing and finishing the story of Macbeth here .Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Inverness Castle, Inverness, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandStopping for a short time in the centre to have a look around maybe grab a bottle of whisky or have a look around Inverness castle grounds the view of river ness over to saint Andrew's cathedral is spectacular Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Urquhart CastleWith a few stops along the famous lochness before reaching urquhart castle you will have the chance at the Wellington layby or the clansman to touch the water and take some nice photos of your visit to lochness Duration: 1 hourStop At: Beauly Priory, Beauly, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandThis 15th century ruins stands in the town of beauly it was home to the French monks and has a Outlander link Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Robertson's The Larder Tomich Farm Shop, Beauly, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandStopping here for 5 minutes for you to meet the girls the highland cows heilan coo Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Glen Ord Distillery, Muir of Ord, Scottish Highlands, ScotlandWould you like to have a taste of some of the finest whisky if we still have time we could call in and sample a few Duration: 30 minutes