Day 7

CAWDOR CASTLE, HOUSEHILL AND RIVERSIDE

There’s just time to finish off your historical tour of the Highlands with a visit to Cawdor Castle. This magical 14th Century castle, with links to MacBeth, has three superb colourful gardens to enjoy, as well as hundreds of paintings, tapestries and intriguing artefacts. A nine-hole golf course and walking and cycling trails in Cawdor Big Wood will keep the family active. 

On the way back to Nairn, stop off at Househill Courtyard, where you will find a Highland café and delicatessen and the Loch Ness Furniture shop. If your passion for gardens has not yet been sated, try Boath House on the A96 towards Auldearn. You’ll find 22 acres of wonderful gardens to roam and a trout-stocked lake, as well as the Kale Yard Garden café and an award-winning restaurant that serves a spectacular afternoon tea. 

Back in Nairn, take a last opportunity to enjoy the beach and play on The Links, or take a riverside walk. From The Maggot, opposite the harbour, you can walk along the river, up to Jubilee Bridge, where you should cross over to Queens Park which has a skatepark, cycle track and football pitch for the kids to enjoy. Look out for the nesting swans on the way. 

There is just time to head back into town for a final meal in your favourite Nairn restaurant as the perfect end to your highland adventure holiday in Nairn.