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277km (172 miles) N of Edinburgh; 147km (91 miles) NW of Aberdeen; 26km (16 miles) E of Inverness

A favorite family seaside resort on the sheltered Moray Firth, Nairn (from the Gaelic for "Water of Alders") is a royal burgh at the mouth of the Nairn River. Its fishing harbor was constructed in 1820, and golf has been played here since 1672 -- as it still is today.