Living in Nairn – The Ultimate Guide

Living in Nairn

The seaside town of Narin is nestled peacefully in the Northeast of Scotland, one of its many hidden gems. Known for its incredible sunsets and pristine beaches.

It may be a place you are considering relocating to. You might already know a bit about it.

Perhaps you are new to Scotland and this particular region and just want to take a closer look at Nairn.

We have created this article Living in Nairn – the Ultimate Guide for you.

Included in our article is a little background information about living in Nairn, a bit about its history and a good smattering of other more practical information we hope will prove useful.

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About the Area of Nairn

Nairn Beach
Nairn Beach. Image credit: Unsplash

The name of the town has a Gaelic origin – Inbhir Narann, being situated at the mouth of “the waters of Alders” (Gaelic: Uisge-Nearn), now known simply as Nairn.

Nairn is an ancient fishing port, a market town, and the traditional county town of Nairnshire.

The quiet town is located on the northeast coast of Scotland at the point where the River Nairn enters the Moray Firth.

It is well known for its scenic beauty and coastal setting, (its major assets), and there are two extensive beaches to explore.

The east beach is predominantly sandy, and the west has more rock though becoming sandier as it reaches the river mouth.

If lucky, you can spot dolphins leaping out of the sea just off the shoreline and sometimes within the little harbour.  

Nature lovers will also enjoy the long rambling walks that living in Nairn provides.

These routes cover a range of landscapes, from the stunning coast to pretty woodland areas.

Historical Nairn

By Scottish Highland standards, Nairn is the third largest settlement in the area.

The local history is both rich and varied spanning thousands of years from its ancient roots to its role in significant historical events.

Since the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic eras, there has been evidence of hunter-gatherers unearthed in the region of the town.

In later history the Picts (Celts), then the Romans occupied Nairn for a time.

However, it wasn’t until the town was granted royal status in the 12th Century under King David I of Scotland, that its development began in earnest.

Being situated in such a strategic location made it very useful during wars and conflicts with various military campaigns being fought for its ownership locally.

Nowadays, it is an altogether more peaceful place attracting a good number of visitors rather than armies.

You can discover more about the history of the area by visiting the Nairn Museum.

Entertainment in Nairn

Aside from the two local beaches which provide a picturesque setting for leisurely walks, picnics, and enjoying the coastal scenery, Nairn manages to provide quite a few interesting things to do.

Just a quick drive from the town is Cawdor Castle.

It has historical links with the writings of Shakespeare and is surrounded by some very pretty gardens.

Home to two championship 18-hole golf courses.

Nairn Golf Club is consistently ranked amongst the leading courses in the UK it was founded in 1887 and set alongside the coast.

Nairn Dunbar Golf Club is also incredibly scenic.

Recently improved facilities mean it promises a fun and enjoyable round for all golfing abilities. Ranked 9th in the North of Scotland Top 100 Golf Courses

Culbin Forest, located nearby, provides opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking and nature walks. The diverse flora and fauna make it an attractive destination for nature lovers.

Nairn Leisure Centre‘s recreational facilities include a swimming pool and fitness amenities.

There are lots of other things to do in Nairnshire, you can find out more about them HERE.

Typical Weather Conditions in Nairn

Nairn Weather
Nairn Weather is more temperate than other areas of Scotland. Image credit: Unsplash

Local weather conditions are influenced by Nairn’s coastal location along the Moray Firth.

This generally helps to keep temperatures from dropping too low during the colder months.

Plus, Nairn is one of the driest locations in Scotland due to the rain-shadowing effect of the surrounding mountains.

Typically, the winter season sees average temperatures of around 1-6 degrees. There is sometimes snow, but not the same amount as inland areas regularly experience.

Spring enjoys a rise 10 around 8-14 degrees and summer, of course, is the warmest time of the year bringing refreshing coastal breezes and average temperatures of between 14-20 degrees.

Autumn sees temperatures start to fall with daytime highs ranging from 8-14 degrees.

Nairn, like much of Scotland, experiences fairly consistent rainfall throughout the year.

The wettest months are typically from August to December.

Buying a Home in Nairn

Nairn Houses
Nairn Houses. Image credit: Depositphotos

The housing market in Narin is diverse, whether it’s a small cosy cottage, a large family home, or a house with a sea view, it is all in Nairn.

The great thing about the Scottish housing market in general is that homes are sold at sensible prices.

You can purchase a stylish one-bedroom apartment right in the centre of town for as little as £95,000.

Alternatively, three-bed homes start from £150,000.

You need to know that when it comes to buying a home in Scotland, there are some important differences you need to be aware of.

There are several reputable estate agents in the town. They can assist you with the legal process. Here are two highly recommended local agents:

Nairn’s Transport Links

Nairn Train Station
Nairn Train Station. Image credit: Wikipedia

Living in Nairn means locals are serviced by an extensive public transport network.

Stagecoach manages all local bus services. They provide residents with the means to reach most areas in Nairn and beyond.

Check out their timetable for up-to-date service information.

Nairn has its own railway station also offering regular services to Inverness (20 mins), Elgin (22 mins) and further afield to Aberdeen in under 2 hours.

Plan your journey on the Scotrail website.

The two closest airports are Inverness Airport and Aberdeen Airport.

Combined they provide connections to both domestic and international destinations.

Driving around the region is easy, the A96 connects Nairn to Inverness and Aberdeen. Inverness and the A9 are 17 miles (30 mins) by car from Nairn.

The main A9 also connects Nairn to other towns and cities much further afield in a southerly and northerly direction.

Schools In Nairn

Nairn Schools
Nairn is home to some top schools. Image credit: Pixabay

Moving with children adds another layer of concern when preparing to relocate.

The town is home to one secondary school and two state primaries negating the need for your children to have to travel outside of Nairn.

Nairn Academy for 11-18 years is a mixed-state school with around 660 pupils.

Rosebank Primary School for children aged 3-12 years teaching approximately 344 children.

Millbank Primary School for children aged 3-12 years. A co-ed state junior school with around 264 pupils.

You may not be familiar with the Scottish education system, but there are some fundamental differences from other parts of the UK.

For an overview visit the SchoolRun website.

Ready to Start Living in Nairn?

If this article has spurred you on to seriously consider living in Nairn, you are going to need to transport your personal effects at some point.

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We have already given you some background information about our outstanding removal services. The next step is to get in contact with us.

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A member of our team will be more than happy to help get your living in Nairn plans underway in no time!