The fine sandy beaches at Nairn made the town a popular resort since Victorian times. Even before then people came from the surrounding hills to bathe here, the sea-water at Lammas tides being said to have magical properties. In more recent times the sands have become rivalled by the golf courses as the major attraction, but for walkers there are bracing outings along the coast, in Culbin Forest or perhaps a riverside ramble inland to Cawdor.
Crossing the border into Moray is Forres, a fine old town whose roots go back into the ancient past, as revealed by the spectacular Sueno's Stone. At the junction of the Dava Way and the new Moray Coastal Trail, Forres has a key position linking the hills with the coastline. Further down the fine river is Findhorn, an old fishing village now made famous by the New Age eco-village nearby.
|Cawdor Burn circular, Cawdor||3.5km||up to 1 hour|
|Sluie Walk, near Forres||3.5km||1 hour|
|Randolph's Leap from Logie Steading||4km||1 hour|
|Findhorn circular, Findhorn||4.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|River Nairn circuit, Nairn||5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Culbin forest: Hill 99 Trail||6km||1.5 - 2 hours|
|Sanquhar Loch and Nelson Tower, Forres||6.5km||2 hours|
|Nairn to Cawdor by the river||9km||2 hours|
|Culbin Forest and the Gut||9.5km||2 - 3 hours|
|Whiteness Point from Nairn||16.5km||3.5 - 4 hours|
|Dunearn Burn and the Findhorn, Darnaway Forest||3.5km||1 - 1.5 hours|
|Nairn dunes to Kingsteps and Culbin Forest||10km||2 - 3 hours|
|The Dava Way||38km||3 stages|
|The Moray Coastal Trail||72.25km||4 stages|