The TUT is located outside Nairn Lochloy Holiday Park on route to East Beach.
Paw-scale: 5 of 5; if your pup loves to get its paws sandy, this is an ideal location with a host of beautiful walking routes available.
Nairn is best known for its stunning beaches, links golf courses and makes for a great day out all year round. Its location is an ideal base to explore the Scottish Highlands with attractions including Culloden Battlefield, Fort George and Brodie Castle a short drive from the town centre.
But if you’re filling your reusable bottle from the Top Up Tap, Nairn Beach will be stretching out in front of you. The beach gives you stunning views over the Moray Firth and boasts spectacular sunsets year-round – as well as the chance to spot an array of wildlife such as dolphins, whales, seals and seabirds.
All that sea air making you peckish? Head across the River Nairn and left after the bridge onto Harbour Street and grab a coffee and a slice of cake at Basil Harbour Café. Or keep going past the Basil Harbour Café and pop into the Sun Dancer for some panoramic views as you enjoy the local seafood and grill cuisine.
Take home some of the local beauty by visiting Crafty Wee Birdie Gift Shop, this independent shop offers a range of bespoke jewellery, accessories, home wear and cards – perfect for remembering your visit to Nairn. The gift shop is located on Nairn High Street, which is located across the bridge from the Top Up Tap. Keep following road along Harbour Street, when you get to the crossroads stay straight and the High Street will be in front of you.
Learn more about what life was like in Nairn centuries ago in the Nairn Museum. Here you can get a fascinating insight into local heritage with the museum displaying an extensive collection of old photographs. To find the museum from the Top Up Tap, head across the bridge and down Harbour Street. At the corner of the Brackle Hotel, head down King Street. Keep going on King Street past the roundabout and you should find Viewfield Drive on the right which will lead you to the museum.
Fancy being detective for the day? Grab yourself a copy of the Treasure trail at The Nairn Bookshop on the High Street and go off on a self-guided detective mystery themed walking trail around the town. Follow the trail routes and solves the sneaky clues, eliminate the suspects and discover ‘who done it’.
Also suitable for bikes.
This walk takes you right along Nairn’s glorious sea front. From the Top Up Tap, head across the bridge towards the harbour and keep heading west. It’s up to you whether you choose the boulevard, which is suitable for all abilities and ages, or walk along the beach.
Along this walk you will find play parks, a splash pad and places to grab a hot drink, ice cream or some delicious fresh sea food. There are plenty benches to sit and watch the world go by.
Once you reach the Golf View Hotel, turn around and head back the way you came. Why not look in some of the rock pools on your way back and look for sea creatures?
If you’re feeling energetic, instead of turning back, you can keep going for about 10 miles to Whiteness Point, a spit sticking out into the Moray Firth. This can be a good place to spot dolphins and seals.
For full details on this longer route, including a map, visit Walk Highland: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/moray/whiteness-point.shtml
This walk takes you in the opposite direction, east towards Culbin forest. From the Top Up Tap, head towards the sea between the holiday park and the river. Depending on the levels of the tide, you can walk along the open sands or stick to the track in the sand dunes.
Keep your eyes peeled for sea birds, different types of shells and pieces of driftwood. When the tide is out, this wide-open beach is great to explore and popular with dogs who love to chase balls and sticks
BE CAREFUL: the tide rises very quickly here so make sure you’re conscious of where the tide is when venturing out onto the sand.
For full details on the rest of the longer route which takes you to Culbin Forest and back past the caravan park, including a map, visit Walk Highland: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/moray/nairn-dunes.shtml
From the Top Up Tap, turn left to walk upriver, travelling away from the sea. The green space on your left is known locally as the Maggot. It was once a boggy creek where boats were moored before construction of the harbour.
There is a defined path that will take you up river travelling under the railway bridge and through deciduous woodland with open fields on your left. Keep your eyes peeled for all sort of different birds, bugs and other wildlife. There are benches and points to stop off by the river if you have brought a picnic along with your refillable bottle.
When you reach the Firhall Bridge, this is the point to cross the river. On the far side turn right again, signed for the Town Centre. The path now heads back downstream on the other side.
Pass the Brooman Well, a memorial to a stonemason, and fork right to keep close to the river when the route reaches a football pitch. Do not cross Jubilee Bridge (unless you wish to avoid the centre of Nairn), instead continuing straight ahead and passing under the high railway bridge once more. The path then runs beside a cemetery; for many years this site was Nairn’s main place of worship. At the far corner turn left up a tarmac lane, soon swinging back right up Church Road. At the t-junction, turn right and then follow the road to Nairn High Street.
To get back to the Top Up Tap, simply turn right when arriving at the High Street. Follow the road all the way back towards the harbour.
For full details on this walk, including a map, visit Walk Highland: https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/moray/river-nairn.shtml
Rumour has it that Nairn is one of the driest towns in Scotland, so for your next visit, leave your umbrella at home (if you’re brave enough!). BUT – remember to pack your bucket, spade and reusable water bottle.
Be sure to tag #WhereWaterTakesyou in your snaps you take during your adventures in Nairn!
25 mins drive Northeast from Inverness sits Nairn. A beautiful seaside resort in the Scottish Highlands. Featuring three stunning beaches and two championship golf courses.
Nairn is popular with families and holiday makers alike, as it is one of the driest places in Scotland.