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Narin Beach

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Narin Beach - Highland

© Lewis Clarke and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

This award-winning sandy beach, backed by dunes, lies at the mouth of the Moray Firth, close to the resort town bearing the same name.

The beach has a marina which opens onto the River Nairn to give boats access to the sea. A bar and restaurant can be found next to the marina. From the marina a bridge crosses the river onto a wide expanse of clean sand, backed by a holiday village. Even when the tide is in a strip of sand remains here. The beach is popular with families, especially during the summer months. From the beach there are views across the Moray Firth and out over the Black Isles.

The Moray Firth is famous for its resident colony of dolphins. These are frequently spotted from the beach and also at the mouth of the River Nairn.

There are plenty of popular walks in the area. Heading east one can walk towards Kingsteps and Culbin Forest. Heading west at low tide it is possible to walk to Whiteness Point, a long spit of sand which is home to a population of seals. The former fishing town of Nairn boasts two golf courses, a museum, a promenade and plenty of shops, pubs and places to eat.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs must be on a leash and droppings removed.

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  • Swimming/bathing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Town centre nearby
  • Shop

Nearest town



IV36 2TE

OS grid ref.

NH 8912 5738


Green Coast Award