Nairn & Brodie Castle
Seaside resort and commuter town for Inverness, Nairn has long been a popular tourist destination. Like most of the towns strung along the A96, the best parts have to be actively sought out as they're hidden from the main road: an attractive High Street on one side, and a fine beach to the north. Also check out Boath Doocot (a few miles to the east of the town) and Brodie Castle (a few miles further).
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Name: Nairn ★★☆☆☆
Location: G.R.: NH 884565 / deeds fountain refuse
Name: Nairn beaches ★★★☆☆
Description: Nairn's main draw: miles of sand with views across the Moray Firth.
Location (west beach): NH 882571 / scuba dollar explained
Anything else: The west beach is closer to the town centre and the most popular; the east beach across the river is longer and quieter.
Name: Boath Doocot ★☆☆☆☆
Description: 17th century doocot atop an ancient motte.
Location: Doocot Road, Auldearn, G.R.: NH 917556 / settle sprouted cotton
Open: Always (exterior only)
Name: Brodie Castle ★★★☆☆
Description: Sumptuous 16th century tower house, home of Clan Brodie until 2003; stunning ceilings.
Location: Off the A96 4 miles west of Forres, G.R.: NH 980578 / reassured kings party
Open (2017): Castle: Daily, most of April & July to August; Friday to Tuesday, late April to June & September to late October. Grounds: Daily
Cost (2017): £10.50 (adults), £7.50 (children), free for National Trust for Scotland members
Name: Rodney's Stone ★★☆☆☆
Description: Pictish symbol stone with impressively clear carvings within Brodie Castle grounds.
Location: On the entrance drive (not the exit) to Brodie Castle, G.R.: NH 984577 / always resonates lifeboats