A superb fairy tale castle linked by Shakespeare to MacBeth. The Cawdor family still live in the castle to this day. A tour can be taken inside the castle followed by a walk round the splendid gardens which include the walled garden, the flower garden and the wild garden. Shop for souvineers or have a drink in the courtyard cafe.
Fort George is the only ancient monument in Scotland that is still operating as intended - a working army barracks - but still welcoming visitors. The regimental museum of the Highlanders is found here while dolphins can often be seen from the ramparts. A gift shop and cafe (seasonal) are among the facilities.
The central beach is in the middle of Nairn and is backed by low sand dunes and a promenade with an open grassy links area. The beach has beautiful views accross the Moray Firth and its coastline is home to a resident school of dolphones.
CULBIN SANDS AND FOREST
Truly get away from it all at this remote and unspoilt reserve, it is one of the best places for wildlife in the UK where you can usually spot oystercatchers, curlews and common redshanks. The huge forest has a number of walks where the grassland areas attract butterflies and there are several ponds that act as oases to local animals. The wildlife can be discreet amonst the trees however birds can clearly be heard everywhere.
MALT WHISKY TRAIL
The only one in the world! Follow the trail through Speyside to seven working distilleries. Try Benromach in Forres, Glen Grant in Elgin and a Glenfiddich in Dufftown.
You will be spoilt for choice with Castle Stuart Golf Links (Home of the Scottish Open) just 5 minute drive away. Nairn Golf Club is even closer! Within easy travelling distance is Royal Dornoch, Skibo and Spey Valley Golf Course.
CAIRNGORM NATIONAL PARK
A half hour drive wil take you into this national park where there is activities and attractions galore. From a trip up the funicular to hiking in the park there is something for all ages and everybody.