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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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,
heated changing rooms,
quality warm wetsuits,
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.
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.