Winter in the Highlands

Nairn is a great gateway to Winter in the Highlands.

Being a coastal town, Nairn benefits from its own special microclimate. This can make it milder and snow free compared to other surrounding locations.
With lots of accommodation and cosy places to eat and drink, it’s the ideal hub for a winter getaway.

Wildlife and Nature

On your doorstep, there are 6 miles of beautiful beaches and many walking trails around Nairn. Many of these can be found on our walks page. You can see squirrels, seals, sea birds and maybe even dolphins if you’re lucky! 

Winter Sports

Because Nairn is within an hour’s drive of the Cairngorms National Park, it makes it an ideal base to access the Lecht ski centre and  Cairngorm Mountain, both of which are great for skiing and snow boarding. Helpful webcams at both sites allow you to check snow levels before you embark on your journey. If you’d like a really festive experience there is a herd of reindeer that can be visited up at the Cairngorms.
If you like your sports a little more extreme, you could always go for a festive dook in the sea. Nairn has quite a few wild swimmers who can be spotted going for a dip in the Moray Firth, no matter what season!

Hot Food and Cosy Spaces

There are bright lights and festive cheer to be had at every corner in Nairn. Almost every pub and eatery is offering special winter delights. Makes by Megs have luxurious hot chocolates that compliment their wonderful cakes in the MNM’s cafe. Ashers Bakery has a range of festive biscuits and cakes available in store and many delicious savouries. Fusion Cafe is a cosy little place to stop for a mid shopping spree drink or bite to eat.
Highland Weigh has a lovely logburner to keep you toasty while you shop their range of zero waste refillables and ethically sourced products.
If you are shopping at the beautiful shops along the Brae, Cafe Nairn and One One Two on the Brae will keep you fuelled and cosy. So whether you are getting some fresh air or just browsing the post Christmas offers, Nairn has something for everyone.

Seasonal Folklore

If Scottish folklore is something you’d like to learn more of we have a short video about the Goddess of Winter.