While it’s true that Nairn is blessed with two wonderful golf courses, Nairn also offers many more sporting activities.
Lovers of watersports will be delighted to find conditions in the Moray Firth ideal for a wide range of on-water activities. Kite Surfers and paddle boarders can often be seen off Central Beach and the harbour is home to sailing, kayak, coastal rowing and dinghy clubs. For a more leisurely family adventure, you can also take to the water with a dolphin watching Boat Trip from the harbour with Phoenix Sea Adventures.
For those of a competitive nature, non-members are welcome to use any of the facilities at Nairn Sports Club has four tennis courts, two squash courts, a large sports hall and a well-equipped gym for those that want to keep fit. There are regular classes in the Sports Hall, from yoga to Boxercise, which visitors can join in. Nairn Leisure Centre also offers a wide range of fitness classes, a state-of-the-art Fitness Suite and a 25 metre pool.
Runners can make use of the running track at The Maggot and waymarked trails in Culbin Forest, as well as a well-marked route around the Links and Promenade. Nairn is also the starting point for the famous coast to coast Rat Race and a great place to stay when competing in the Loch Ness Marathon.
If you have a taste for more gentle activity, visitors to Nairn will find a friendly welcome at St Ninian Bowling Club in Viewfield and at Nairn Bowling Club in neighbouring Albert Street, which is the only bowling club in Scotland to achieve a Silver BowlsMark accreditation from Bowls Scotland.
Active kids will love Queens Park, which has a skatepark, BMX track, cycle track and football pitch next to the riverside, just south of Jubilee Bridge. Prince of Wales Walk, on the opposite bank, is a popular spot for fishing on the River Nairn.
Just off the High Street, you’ll find the Highland Yoga Collective, a community-based yoga studio in the heart of Nairn. The Highland Yoga Collective offer a range of yoga, pilates, movement, meditation and mindfulness classes which are inclusive and beginner-friendly. The studio is a tranquil retreat with a zen garden, underfloor heating and is fully accessible.
Only 15 minutes from Nairn, Equus Riding in Roseisle offers taster sessions for beginners, riding lessons, day camps and forest and beach hacks, offering the chance to ride along miles of golden sand on beautiful Roseisle Beach.
SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
Less than an hour from Aviemore, Nairn makes a good base for wintersports enthusiasts, or for a day’s skiing in the snow-covered peaks of the Cairngorms. Skiing and snowboarding lessons, and ranger guided walks can be booked at www.cairngormmountain.co.uk