With plenty of things to do, Nairn has been a base from which to explore the Scottish Highlands since Victorian times.

The town itself is renowned for its harbour and market, as well as its long, sandy beaches with outstanding views of the Black Isle and Moray Firth.

Things To Do

Discover Nairn

The relaxing seaside town of Nairn is the perfect spot for a break on the Moray Firth. With white beaches, championship golf and plenty to see and do in the area, there is something for everyone in Nairn.

Some of our top tips within Nairn:

- Nairn Museum: a great insight into Nairn over the centuries.
- Malt Whisky Trail: a collection of nine whisky distilleries; Banromach, Glen Grant, Glen Moray, Glenfiddich, The Glenlivet and Strethisla, home of Chivas. Journey through malt whisky country on this immersive tour.
- Shopping: the town centre of Nairn features many independent shops selling fashion, crafts, food items and gifts.

Culloden Stone near Golf View Nairn


There's a lot to explore and discover close by for those who wish to day touring Inverness and the North East coast before returning to recharge following a day's adventures.

Some of our top tips:

- Inverness: a 30-minute drive from Nairn is the cultural capital of the Highlands, Inverness. Meet the Loch Ness Monster and visit Inverness Castle. 
- Cawdor Castle: discover the mystical history of this castle with its medieval tower constructed around a legendary holly tree.
- Culloden: a battlefield made famous on screen in shows such as Outlander. Culloden is the site of the last pitched battle on British soil where the Jacobite Rising came to an end.
- Findhorn: a great day trip to discover this quaint coastal village with white sandy beaches.

Nairn Golf Club near Golf View Hotel


Nairn has two championship 18-hole golf courses, one right next to the hotel, with other courses such as Castle Stuart nearby.

Some of our top tips:

- The Nairn Golf Club: founded in 1887, one of the best courses in Scotland and has hosted a large number of important championships.
- Nairn Dunbar Golf Club: situated on the shores of the Moray Firth, the Nairn Dunbar golf course is a highly rated Scottish links championship course representing a formidable challenge.
- Castle Stuart Golf Links: a championship links golf course overlooking the Moray Firth and landmarks synonymous with Inverness and the Black Isle.

Beach at Dog-Friendly Golf View Hotel

Walks In The Area

From coastal walks to woodland trails, there are plenty of options to put on your walking boots and go on an adventure while staying at Golf View Hotel & Spa.

Some of our top tips of local walks:

- Whiteness Point: a 16.5km beach walk which you can begin from the walkway at the hotel. You will get fantastic views across the Moray Firth to the Black Isle and beyond.
- Nairn to Cawdor: a 9km linear route alongside the riverside and through the countryside. At your destination, you can extend your visit to Cawdor Castle.
- Kingsteps and Culbin Forest: beginning on the beach for this 10km circuit, you will walk through a section of the Culbin forest.
- Culbin Forest: a shorter 6km walk to visit the high wooden tower which will give you views back to Nairn.

Culbin Sands near Golf View Nairn


There is so much to do in and around Nairn for adrenaline seekers. Below are some of our top tips for adventures. Our team have contacts for local partners who can curate a day of adventure during your stay.

Some of our top tips:

- Wild swimming: on a calm day take a dip in the beach at the hotel.
- Paddle Boarding: get out on the water with instructor-led paddle board sessions, if you are lucky you might spot some dolphins.
- Kayaking: choose from sea kayaking, paddling in the Moray Firth with the Hotel as a backdrop or river kayaking down the River Findhorn.
- Wildlife trips: take a boat trip out on the Moray Firth to spot the local wildlife, from dolphins and seals to the occasional mink whale or basking shark.

Directions to Golf View in Nairn

Nairn is situated on the A96, 15 miles east of Inverness and 80 miles west of Aberdeen. From the direction of Inverness, turn left from the A96 at Nairn Old Parish Church and onto Seabank Road which leads to Golf View as the last building on the right. On approaching Nairn from the east, drive through the town centre on the A96 until you see the Parish Church on the right hand side. Turn right here into Seabank Road and follow the road down towards the sea where Golf View is located on the right hand side.


“A wonderful weekend at the Golf View for my birthday. We all agreed that the service, staff, food and spa were faultless. Double lucky that our second night (Sunday) offered us the most beautifully cooked roast beef. It was a unanimous choice for us all. The view was breathtaking. Thanks again for a fantastic weekend making lots of fond memories in a relaxing atmosphere.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I travel to the Moray Coast and Nairn?

15 miles outside Inverness, Nairn is around a three and a half hour drive from Glasgow or Edinburgh through Perth and Aviemore on the A9.

Which type of birdlife can I see at the Moray Coast?

In this area, you can spot a number of waterbirds such as the greylag geese, ospreys, pink-footed geese, long-tailed ducks and much more.

Are there any historical sites near Nairn?

Yes. Nairn is an ideal location for travel to many sites such as Loch Ness in Inverness, the local Cawdor Castle and Gardens and battlefield of Culloden.

Can I play golf whilst visiting the area?

Yes. The golf courses in Nairn are world-renowned and have hosted a great number of championship golf tournaments and competitions over the years thanks to their challenging courses.

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