For those that want to explore further afield, AirtsnPairts offer guided culture and heritage walking tours of Inverness, as well as a range of bespoke tours of the Highlands for those interested in whisky, Outlander, historical figures and Harry Potter!
Outlander fans will love a trip to the famous battlefield at Culloden, which played such a central part in Scotland’s history and the TV series based on Diana Gabaldon’s books. A short twenty minute drive from Nairn, Culloden Visitor Centre has a fascinating museum including a stimulating film that puts you right at the heart of the battle.
The 4,000-years-old burial site at nearby Clava Cairns will also be familiar to Outlander fans as the inspiration for Craigh Na Dun, where Claire’s adventures with Jamie Fraser began.
Less than an hour from Nairn, you will find another Outlander location. Historic Urqhart Castle, on the shores of Loch Ness, was the site where Claire spotted the water horse, otherwise known in these parts as Nessie or the Loch Ness Monster. A trip to Loch Ness is a must while in Nairn, not only for the chance to spy the loch’s most famous resident, but also to watch boats navigate the dramatic locks at Fort Augustus, at the entrance to the Caledonian Canal.
Cairngorm National Park is only a 45-minute drive from Nairn, and many of you will pass through the National Park when you travel to Nairn. The park has a varied landscape, from mountain trails to spectacular lochs and is a haven for those who love the great outdoors. Hill-walking, hiking, and mountain biking in the summer give way to skiing and snowboarding in the winter months. Whatever your holiday interests, a trip to the Cairngorms makes a great day-out from Nairn.
Nairn’s enviable location makes it the perfect base for a tour of the Highlands. The North Coast 500 tourist route begins and ends in Inverness, making Nairn, just a few miles east, an ideal base to start out on or relax after your ultimate road trip. Within a day of Nairn, you can travel West as far as Skye, Ullapool or Fort William, via Glenfinnan, site of the stunning monument and viaduct made famous by the Harry Potter films. Alternatively, head North to John o’ Groats and Dunnet Head, Scotland’s most northerly point, or to Scrabster where you can take a ferry to Orkney. You’ll soon discover Nairn really is the heart of the Highlands, and the Highlands are yours to explore when you visit Nairn.