Nairn and Forres

Nairn and Forres

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.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Brodie Castle and Pond grade3.25km 1 hour
Cawdor Burn circular, Cawdor grade3.5km up to 1 hour
Sluie Walk, near Forres grade3.5km 1 hour
Randolph's Leap from Logie Steading grade4km 1 hour
Findhorn circular, Findhorn grade4.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
River Nairn circuit, Nairn grade5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Culbin forest: Hill 99 Trail grade6km 1.5 - 2 hours
Sanquhar Loch and Nelson Tower, Forres grade6.5km 2 hours
Nairn to Cawdor by the river grade9km 2 hours
Culbin Forest and the Gut grade9.5km 2 - 3 hours
Whiteness Point from Nairn grade16.5km 3.5 - 4 hours
Dunearn Burn and the Findhorn, Darnaway Forest gradegrade3.5km 1 - 1.5 hours
Nairn dunes to Kingsteps and Culbin Forest gradegrade10km 2 - 3 hours
The Dava Way 38km 3 stages
The Moray Coastal Trail 72.25km 4 stages

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