The Beach Guide

Nairn Central Beach

Nairn Central Beach - Highland

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The charming seaside resort of Nairn lies about 16 miles east of Inverness. Here visitors will find everything that would be expected from a such a pleasant seaside resort. There's a playpark, putting green, tea rooms and two Championship golf courses. There are also ice-cream and fish-and-chip stalls.

Central Beach occupies the area closest to the town's leisure facilities. Lying to the west of the river Nairn, Central Beach has pristine white sands fringed by low dunes.
The climate in this area is surprisingly mild for the Highlands, making this an excellent summertime destination.

Stroll along the promenade, taking in the fine views across the turquoise waters of the Moray Firth. Admire the pleasure boats in the pretty harbour. The harbour and beach are a good place for spotting wildlife – the Moray Firth is home to a school of dolphins. In the summer months boats from the harbour take day trippers out on dolphin-spotting trips.

In the height of the summer season, Central Beach gets a little busier than the more remote West Beach, to the east of the river Nairn. It is also popular with swimmers and water-sports enthusiasts.

Parking is available in the town and access to Central Beach is easy.

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Lifeguard service


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Dogs restricted.

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    • Promenade

    Nearest town



    IV12 4EN

    OS grid ref.

    NH 8831 5714

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