The Sykes Cottages Guide To Nairn

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Nairn and the surrounding area make an excellent base for a Scotland cottage holiday. This popular Highlands town sits on the Moray Firth, within an hour’s drive of many of the region’s top visitor attractions and nestled in beautiful coastal and mountain scenery. On your doorstep you’ll find historic castles, such as those of Cawdor, Urquhart and Brodie; ancient battlefields such as Culloden; the sandy shores of the Highland coastline with the opportunity for wildlife watching; the mysterious depths of Loch Ness and the magnificent splendour of the Monadhliath and Cairngorm mountain ranges.

Nairn has two sandy beaches and a lively harbour, where pleasure craft and leisure boats have largely replaced the fishing fleets of times past. From here, take a trip out to see the pods of bottle-nose dolphins who are regular visitors to these shores, or a brisk stroll along the sands, drinking in the fine views across the Moray Firth to the hills of Sutherland, rising softly in the distance. Here too you’ll find the Culbin Sands Nature Reserve, home to a wide variety of sea birds and plants; ideal for keen bird watchers and families just wanting to explore the coastline. Culbin Forest is also well geared up for visitors, and here you’ll find miles of forest trail to explore on foot, bike or horse, with plenty of things to see and do en route. Watch otters playing in the otter pool, head towards Findhorn and you may be lucky enough to spot seal or osprey fishing, dependent on the season, or let the children loose in the vast, sandy hills of Maviston Dunes.

Walkers will enjoy the many walks radiating from Nairn itself, this is a great base for enthusiasts, with coastal and countryside walks amid nature at its most splendid – birds of prey and sea life can be easily spotted en route. Indeed Nairn is a good spot for all sports lovers; the town has a leisure centre for wet weather days, and fishing and river fishing can be arranged and golfers have a choice of two 18-hole championship golf courses at Nairn, as well as a 9-hole course at nearby Cawdor. Watersports can also be arranged, with windy conditions making the beach popular with windsurfers. Days out from Nairn offer plenty for everyone. Clava Cairns is an ancient burial site that is well worth a visit, and the ancient battlefield of Culloden, which provides a sober reminder of the hundreds of years of civil strife and violence that wracked this land. So too the ancient castles and fortresses nearby; Cawdor, made famous in Shakespeare’s ‘Scottish Play’, Macbeth, and romantic Urquhart, with its beautiful setting on Loch Ness.

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