This year we’ve done something that we’ve never done before and that’s hit the Scottish Highlands coast. We’ve been working with Parkdean Resorts to help promote the amazing coastline we have in the UK… Rather surprisingly we are only 30-60 minutes drive away from some of the most stunning coastlines Scotland has to offer (and we’ve been missing it all this time!). When we went on our North Coast 500 (ish) adventure, we stopped off in Nairn on the Moray Firth coast and it was so lovely (and so fleeting) we wanted to revisit it and pay it some proper attention.
Nairn is a quaint coastal town in the Highlands of Scotland and boasts to be the driest and sunniest place here too. There is so much to do around the area, from beaches, to rock pools, National Trust, museums and amazing wildlife, so you won’t be stuck for something to do… In fact we struggled to fit it all in! So here’s a few places we recommend after our road trip:
East Beach, Nairn
Located on the edge of the Nairn Lochloy holiday park, this place made me lost for words… I wasn’t quite prepared for just how breath-taking the white sandy beaches in Nairn were going to be. I had no idea Scotland had such places. The tide was out, so there was white sand as far as the eyes could see. The sand dunes were just so picturesque too (something else I’m not too familiar with, originating from the central belt of Scotland). We came well armed for a morning at the beach and the girls enjoyed building sand castles, running around and blowing bubbles.
Usually I’m terrified to let go of MM’s hand, but with no people around and a huge expanse of white, she was free as a bird. It was eye opening to realise just how grown up she has become (and how quickly those years are flying in).
The Classroom Bistro, Nairn
We were recommended this eatery by a good friend and it didn’t disappoint. Nestled among the high street this stunning building was the perfect pit stop and the perfect excuse to tick off all the traditions you’d expect from a Scottish seaside town, such as fish & chips, Cullen Skink and grabbing the kids an ice cream too of course.
The Moray Firth Coast, Nairn
Next up we “had” to go rock pooling. The girls just love fishing anything out of the water. I wish we’d got our timing better, as I’m sure anything left behind had been snapped up by the birds already, but we had fun all the same. All MM wants to do at this age is throw stones in the water, but Liv could spend hours traipsing and exploring every little rock pool nook. She found a mussel to be fair! Thoroughly chuffed at her discovery.
Brodie Castle, Brodie
We wanted to get a forest walk in during our stay and had heard good things about Brodie Castle and its spectacular play garden for one! Sure enough the play park was epic, complete with zip line and toddler play frames. All enclosed too, which is just perfect for parents.
They also have the most amazing daffodil secret garden (which is just starting to sprout now) and would be perfect for an Easter trip.
You can see our full adventure on our cinematic edit here:
I just loves making these videos of our trips. I’m not one for getting sentimental, but we’ll treasure these videos for years to come.
I’m always trying my utmost to give them a great foundation of childhood memories to look back on and Nairn is certainly somewhere we’ll come again, as it has them in abundance. I can’t believe I took for granted the amazing places we have all around us. We just didn’t know where to look all this time!
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Disclosure: In partnership with Parkdean Resorts