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TITLE
Formerly the Highland Hotel in Nairn
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_2796_AT
PLACENAME
Nairn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
NAIRN: Nairn
DATE OF IMAGE
2010
PERIOD
2010s
CREATOR
Andrew Taylor
SOURCE
Andrew Taylor
ASSET ID
41632
KEYWORDS
hotels
buildings
architecture
Formerly the Highland Hotel in Nairn

Formerly the Highland Hotel in Nairn. Designed by Duncan Cameron and built in 1896, it was previously known as the Station Hotel. This was a very popular hotel in the late Victorian period when Nairn was a busy tourist resort.

Nairn is a royal burgh situated on the southern shore of the Moray Firth, approximately 16 miles from Inverness. It was once known as Invernairn because of its position at the mouth of the River Nairn. Before the coming of the Inverness and Nairn Railway in 1855, Nairn was a market and farming town inland from the Fishertown, a fishing village probably settled by the Norse before 1000 AD.

In the 16th century Nairn had a mixture of Gaelic-speaking Highlanders and north east fisher folk, who spoke Scots or English. It is recorded that King James VI and I boasted that he had a town in Scotland so long that the people at one end of the street spoke a different language from those at the other end.

The most recent part of Nairn is the Victorian resort town which grew up around the existing Fishertown after the arrival of the railway. The town became a popular health spa due to the medicinal properties of the local sea water, the long sandy beaches and the sunny dry climate. Elegant Victorian villas and prestigious hotels were built to accommodate the growing number of visitors. Other facilities were also developed, including a promenade, a bandstand and two golf courses.

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Formerly the Highland Hotel in Nairn

NAIRN: Nairn

2010s

hotels ; buildings; architecture

Andrew Taylor

Formerly the Highland Hotel in Nairn. Designed by Duncan Cameron and built in 1896, it was previously known as the Station Hotel. This was a very popular hotel in the late Victorian period when Nairn was a busy tourist resort.<br /> <br /> Nairn is a royal burgh situated on the southern shore of the Moray Firth, approximately 16 miles from Inverness. It was once known as Invernairn because of its position at the mouth of the River Nairn. Before the coming of the Inverness and Nairn Railway in 1855, Nairn was a market and farming town inland from the Fishertown, a fishing village probably settled by the Norse before 1000 AD. <br /> <br /> In the 16th century Nairn had a mixture of Gaelic-speaking Highlanders and north east fisher folk, who spoke Scots or English. It is recorded that King James VI and I boasted that he had a town in Scotland so long that the people at one end of the street spoke a different language from those at the other end.<br /> <br /> The most recent part of Nairn is the Victorian resort town which grew up around the existing Fishertown after the arrival of the railway. The town became a popular health spa due to the medicinal properties of the local sea water, the long sandy beaches and the sunny dry climate. Elegant Victorian villas and prestigious hotels were built to accommodate the growing number of visitors. Other facilities were also developed, including a promenade, a bandstand and two golf courses.