Nairn is Scotland’s best beach says TripAdvisor
Highland Golf Links (HGL) partners The Nairn Golf Club and The Golf View Hotel & Spa, Nairn received a boost this week when the seaside town’s beach was voted the best in Scotland in the TripAdvisor 2013 Travellers’ Choice Awards. Beating off competition from Luskentyre on the Isle of Harris and Camusdarach Beach, Arisaig, Nairn was the highest ranked Scottish beach in the travel ratings website’s list of the Top 25 Beaches in the UK.
The news will come as no surprise to those who know Nairn. Its beach runs the length of the town – and beyond – with the East, Central and West sections of the beach pristine, sandy and popular with bathers in the summer. In fact in the Victorian era Nairn was a popular spa town with the gentry of the day who traveled to take Nairn’s apparently restorative waters on the beach and in a saltwater pool on the seafront. Most famous of Nairn’s Victorian visitors was Charlie Chaplin.
Both The Nairn Golf Club and The Golf View Hotel & Spa enjoy enviable locations overlooking Nairn beach and the Moray Firth. The Golf View Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the award-winning beach and the wide expanses of the Moray Firth, home to seals, dolphins, porpoises and whales, and beyond to the far north of Scotland and Sutherland, home to HGL partners Royal Dornoch Golf Club, Royal Golf Hotel and Links House.
Nairn beach runs adjacent to The Nairn Golf Club and indeed the course is so close to the shore that the sea is in play in four of the first five holes (and within reach on all of the opening seven!). Playing into the stern prevailing wind, the opening stretch at Nairn is a real test of a golfer’s mettle with the proximity of the ocean adding to wildly undulating true links fairways and lightning fast greens to make it one of the most daunting opening stretches of golf in the Highlands.
The caliber of Nairn’s classic links can be judged by the recent pilgrimage to its fairways of multi-Major winner, Phil Mickelson. The golfer has a growing golf course design practice has been a long-time student of golf architecture. He said of his visit to Nairn: “As I get more into golf course architecture I like to see marine golf courses, and the beauty of Nairn is its simplicity. It is just a beautiful straightforward test. It has a lot of quaint little challenges and little hazards here and there that gave me some fun ideas that I can try and integrate into some of my own designs. I had been wanting to play Nairn for some time and really enjoyed the experience.”