Culbin Sands is a vast area of pristine beach, spectacular sand-spits, and forested countryside that stretches from the town of Nairn east to Findhorn Bay. Known in Gaelic as Bar Inbhir Èireann, the long miles of Culbin Sands and the great forest inland make this the perfect destination for a family adventure.
While this beautiful area is now a haven for wildlife, it was once home to a farming township that vanished during a huge sandstorm in 1694. The many myths that sprung up following that sudden disappearance have cloaked Culbin in mystery, with local folklore linking the storm to everything from warlocks and witches to divine retribution against local smugglers. Culbin stories have fascinated generations.
Famous Visitors to the Royal Burgh of Nairn: Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary, Queen of Scots, visited Nairn in 1562 when she was only 20 years old and faced a tumultuous journey to consolidate support for her cause. Mary's son, James VI also made a royal visit to the north in 1598 and visited Nairn where he is said to have remarked to his court that he had seen a town in Scotland so long that the people at either end spoke different languages. Discover more about the events of these royal visits here.
Famous Visitors to the Royal Burgh of Nairn: Charlie Chaplin
Tread in the footsteps of stars in Nairn which was once a popular holiday destination for one of the most famous actors in the world, Charlie Chaplin.
Nairn Public Hall
Discover the story of Nairn Public Hall, a historic centre for live music and entertainment.
The Culbin Sands
Uncover the mystery of the vanished farming township and the legend of Culbin Sands.