Where is Nairn?
Nairn is on the shores of the beautiful Moray Firth
in Scotland, home to the Bottle nose Dolphins, seals and whales.
It is an area steeped in ancient myths and legends, history and
mystery. A few miles away is Culloden Battlefield and the Burial
Cairns and the Standing Stones of Clava.
Early History of Nairn
Rich in Faerie Lore with several Faerie Hillocks nearby, the biggest
now a cemetery called Tomnahuirich, in Inverness.
The early inhabitants of Nairn were the Picts, and Nairn was subjected
to Viking invasions until the tenth century.
life as an important commercial centre in the 12th century, and
by the early 17th century had grown to such an extent that King
James VI was able to boast of a town in his northern kingdom so
large that people at one end of the High Street didn't understand
the language spoken by those at the other end (the different languages
being English and Gaelic).
I am descended from the old part of town which spoke the
Gaelic. Many fisher people believe they are direct descendants from
Nairn looking over towards the
Photo courtesy © Doug Houghton
Nairn has it's own micro climate and is claimed
to be the driest and sunniest climate in the whole of Scotland!
Just along the east coast lies the buried village of Nevistoun lying
under the Culbin sands. Although covered with forestry commission
trees now at one time it was a thriving community with a continental
Legend has it citrus fruits were grown, having it's own micro climate
due to the mild weather caused by the Gulf stream which enters the
Moray Firth. A severe storm buried the entire village one night in
the autumn of 1694.
Before the extensive planting of trees by the forestry commission
to stabilise the sand drifts, locals would gather following sandstorms
and often see the roof of the old mansion house or sometimes of
farm steadings protruding through the sands.
Photos courtesy ©
Loss of The Timber Wolf in Findhorn
nearby Findhorn in the upper reaches of the River Findhorn, the
last wolf in Scotland was reputedly killed in 1743, two years before
the Battle of Culloden. Legend tells he was large and black.
As a wolf lover, it seems a terrible loss to the Highlands with
the extinction of these wonderful creatures. Not only were
they so revered by the ancient Picts they feature on many of their
carved standing stones but they kept the population of wild
red deer in balance.
Findhorn remains a place of mystery and now is home to the world
famous Findhorn Community.
Look into these eyes! They look
into your very soul.
Prophecies, Seers & The Second Sight
Although born on the Isle of Lewis, Kenneth Mackenzie
otherwise known as the 'Brahan Seer' played a major part in ancient
history in the area in the 17th century. He was a very powerful
seer and unusually, for that time, used a divining stone for his
It is not known exactly which stone probably a crystal but other
seers of ancient times usually had spontaneous visions
(although some of them used the blade bone of a sheep.) He
met his grisly and self predicted end directly across the firth
from Nairn on the Black Isle, boiled alive upside down in
a spiked barrel of burning tar... but that is another story. (Not
always a good idea to have the "Second Sight" in those