Nairnshire Tourist Guide


Nairnshire is also called Nairn or Siorrachid Inbhir Narran in Gaelic. It is a north-eastern county in the United Kingdom rich with the unassuming beauty of a countryside. Back in 1846, it was described as: “about 22 miles in length and 15 miles in breadth, comprsing an area of 200 square miles; or 128,000 acres; 2338 houses, of which 2235 are inhabited and containing a population of 9217.” More or less a thousand years later, the population changes, people have grown with their children and grandchildren, and this small county has grown to be quite a looker.

Nairnshire is best known for its whisky and its plenty hours of sunshine which is said to be more than any other Scottish town. As said by King James VI, the main street of Nairnshire is so long that those living at one end couldn’t understand the language of the other. Though this humble county is considerably small, it boasts of many sought-after sites that you wouldn’t think would come from it.

The living tourist attractions situated inside Nairn are countless that a trip to this county will surely give any traveler a good time. It is well connected with road, rail and air transport, which makes it convenient to travel all around the county. It is very popular for golfers and walkers that it is once said to have taught United States golf lessons when Nairn Golf Club hosted the biggest points in victory for Great Britain in England.

Castles, golf clubs forest parks, wildlife parks, estates, museums and whisky pubs and factories make Nairn a must-see county.

The Cawdor Castle which is very much linked with Macbeth romantically by no other than Shakespeare, is a splendid fairy-tale palace and just what every historic tourist is searching for. It has a very wealthy Scottish history that you can see and touch for yourself. It is a splendid, living house for the Cawdor family up to this day.

The Tain Pottery is a craft haven situated south of Tain. It boasts itself with wares being made with utter originality and intricacy, hand painted for everyone to buy.

The scenic village of Cromarty, is an award-winning village where the Father of Geology, Hugh Miller, owned a house, which is now in the hands of The National Trust of Scotland. When traveling east towards it, a glimpse of the picturesque villages and small harbours are available for everyone to see.

Situated near Aviemore, Badenoch and Strathspey, Highland, Scotland is the Glenmore Forest Park, which is a remnant of Cairngorms National Park, containing some of the best preserved areas of ancient Caledonian Pine Forest in the county. This sight is best for visiting families who would like to experience a nature-trip through camping & caravanning or simply relaxing.

On the shores of Loch Ewe, another wonder unfolds in a spectacular setting, where Osgood Mackenzie’s Victorian dreams have produced a glorious 50 acre mecca for garden lovers. This is the home of about 2,500 species of flower, tree and shrub growing abundantly in this exotic woodland. It is now owned by The National Trust for Scotland.

The scenery in Nairnshire is a living legacy of British-Scottish treasure. Being a small county does not make it lesser, and yet, makes it a surprising bunch of delight for the weary traveler who wishes to see beauty in a tranquil setting such as Nairnshire.