Beach Walks

Promenade and Central Beach: A flat, pram and wheelchair friendly 1.5 km walk across Nairn’s waterfront. The Promenade runs between Central Beach and The Links, with wide green lawns on one side and the Moray Firth and Cromarty on the other. Start from the harbour and you can end your walk with a well-deserved refreshment on the terrace at the Golf View Hotel. Walking towards the harbour, you can reward yourself with a visit to award-winning Sun Dancer, for lunch or dinner or ice cream in their ground floor cafe.

East Beach provides a wild dune-backed beach walk where you may encounter waders and waterfowl. You can access Culbin Forest direct from the beach, and the sands form part of the RSPB reserve. The Old Bar, a large sandbar just off East Beach, is also accessible at low tide, but make sure you check tide times and take care as tides can change quickly in the Moray Firth.

Whiteness Point: When the tide is low, you can walk from Nairn, past The Nairn Golf Club, all along the beach to Whiteness Head. Whiteness Beach is more commonly known locally as The Secret Beach. It’s vast expanse of unspoiled white sand is rarely visited and you could be the only ones there, apart from a few seals or dolphins. Alternatively, you can drive out to Hilton of Delnies where a rough track will lead you to the beach. You can also cycle on the hard-packed sand at low tide.

Photo: Alex Williamson