Friday, September 20, 2019

Another Nairn Climate Protest - at the Hospital

While Nairn Academy pupils and other citizens gathered to protest in the High Street today as part of the Global Climate Strike there was also a demo at the Hospital.

World Climate Strike 20th September 2019 - Nairn High Street

Stailc gnàth-shìde na cruinne. Inbhir Narann 20/9/19

Individual images here. 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dèan sabaid airson do àm ri teachd. Stailc gnàth-shìde na cruinne. Dihaoine 20mh Sultain. Taigh-cùirte Inbhir Narann ​​9-10m

The slow retreat of cash from our lives continues

One of our readers informs us that Graham's Dairy will no longer accept cash on the doorstep from the end of the month. The options are now payment by Direct Debit or cheque. Our correspondent is most disappointed by this and just doesn't like the bother of setting up direct debits or writing out cheques. 

Perhaps it is marvellous that doorstep deliveries of milk continue, it almost seems like part of a different age but obviously there are those that find this service important and are of a mindset that is not happy doing too much with setting things up with the bank for payment etc. 

The move away from what we have known for generations continues - we still have two banks and a post office but soon will there be anywhere in our town where you can deposit your cash? That unpleasant scenario has already been reached in other Highland communities. Things are changing fast, many younger folk are quite happy to pay for things on their phones these days and lots of us sit at home buying things from the comfort of our armchairs with our credit cards by our sides. Soon will we have more choices too about what currencies we pay with, such as a Facebook form of money perhaps? As artificial intelligence increases exponentially money won't be the only thing that changes, how long before the driver-less lorries are coming up the A9 to supply the supermarkets?  

Perhaps governments would indeed love cash to disappear as far as taxation and crime are concerned.  Still a lot of cash around though but is a tipping point not far ahead in the future where we all have to adapt to electronic transactions or starve? 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Confused at asks: "Do the LibDems think Nairnshire is part of Ross-shire?"

Here at Gurn HQ the postie brought us a LibDem leaflet today and we didn't think much of it (didn't read it at all, it was destined for the blue bin) but then one of our regular readers in the West End contacted us and asked why something called "Craig Harrow's Ross-shire Summer Survey" would be delivered through his door in Nairn.  Looks suspiciously like it's been delivered all over town then. 

Perhaps we woke up today in a parallel universe and Nairn is now part of Greater Ross-shire? So, intrigued, we did something we don't usually do and paid attention to LidDem material:

"Time to do politics differently - compassionate, respectful, green and locally focused", the leaflet says. Well different perhaps but locally focused? 

What good is a survey for Ross-shire if it is going to include stats from Nairnshire?  Are Ross-shire folk getting the survey for Nairnshire?

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Meanwhile in the electric car charging point this Sunday morning

An electric vehicle user takes to social media draw attention to a Highland Council vehicle parked in a recharging space
A Gurn reader also passed this vehicle and reports it isn't plugged in and has seen the note too - so there must be some mistake here Highland Council?

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Coast to Coast Rat Race leaves town again

It's all a bit Brigadoonish, it's usually all over by 9 o'clock with the last batch or runners leaving but once a year this event sets off from Nairn. Probably the biggest event this Nairn Festival week but nothing to do with the festival although perhaps some of the many runners that stayed in accommodation in Nairn might have visited one of the Festival goings-on yesterday.

Here's a video of the first batch leaving "the experts".


And some images of the 8.30 departure. Individual images here. 

Oirthir gu h-oirthir - Rèis nan Radain- 14 An t-Sultain 2019

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Scottish Government to plant 24 million trees - any chance of including apple trees in that Fergus?

Earlier today Fergus Ewing put a post up on twitter. This observer was quick to reply to his post. You can see the details below.

In recent years the orchard revival movement in Scotland has made remarkable progress. You can get some idea of what has been going on by popping into their social media blether and think tank page "Scottish Orchard Collective" here. 

Nairn is just one town in Scotland where a lot of orchard related stuff has been going on. These pages here give you an idea of some of what has been happening in the town and nearby.

Of course there are many things you can do with apples, including making cider, and across the nations that make up the UK some exciting things have been happening there in recent years too. 

Caledonian Cider, made in the Highlands, is indeed a very good example of this activity, and here is a map of all the cider makers in Scotland just now. 

There will soon be another one too if all goes well. Common Weal cider will be making an appearance in Aberdeen:

"Common Weal Cider wants to recruit volunteer groups who can donate their time – and their apples – to help put the north-east on the map for cider-making.

The collected fruit would be turned into either cider or juice by the Common Weal Cider group and sold for profit.

Neil Clapperton, who is also chief executive of Grampian Housing Association, said the project came about through conversations with groups Common Weal Aberdeen and Aberdeen Beautiful, which look to improve community engagement in the city." Read more here. 

There is a social media page for Cider makers in Scotland too and whether it be a yearly demi-john or too or maybe you have plans to enter the market yourself in some way, you will be welcome by the folks here. 

Last Wednesday evening this observer  managed to get some decently priced tickets and get through to Aberdeen to a event in Waterstones organised by Neil and his colleagues. " An evening with the Ciderologist Gabe Cook" turned out to be a very enjoyable couple of hours. As well as outlining how he came to be a "Ciderologist" (a name he admits to making up himself) Gabe communicated his passion and knowledge for all things cider. Here's a wee bit from his website which isn't far off from some of the things he had to say.

"Ciderology is an ethos; a way of life, if you will.  As The Ciderologist, I have embarked upon a journey to spread the good word of cider. The principles of Ciderology are upheld by six Core Values:
  • True love of cider: the perfect confluence of art, science and nature
  • Espouse the unique traditions, heritage, culture and identity of cider in its heartland regions
  • Advocate the development of sustainable, authentic cider industries in areas of new growth
  • Champion artisan producers for their innovation and creation of high value products
  • Support cider producers of all scales which continue to uphold the spirit of cider by making a responsible product and contributing to their local heritage, economy, environment and communities
  • Celebrate and share the wonder of cider with the world
Cider is far more than merely an industry (ie the processing of raw materials into a product).  In certain parts it forms the culture, heritage, lifeblood and defining feature. It is where the worlds of great artistry (for cider makers truly are artists), scientific application and the harnessing of nature, come together in perfect unison." 
If you want to find out more about the cider world (totally astonishing what is going on really once you scratch the surface, here's Gabe's website folks, and here's his entertaining and very informative book "Ciderology. Gabe is also involved in a magazine called Full Juice which details a lot of the country's craft ciders made with nothing but full juice - spoiler some ciders out there can contain up to 65% water :-).  There is also interesting cider discussion on the Caledonian Cider blog folks and if anyone is thinking of making some of their own this year, here's a very interesting Leeds based website that gives you a few pointers. 

And if anyone is in town on Saturday there is an apple related event going on in Viewfield: 

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Fitzwilliam String Quartet - Friday 6th September Music Nairn 7.30 pm Nairn Community and Arts Centre

On Friday 6th September Music Nairn are delighted to be hosting the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in their 50th Anniversary season, making them one of the longest established string quartets in the world. An especially warm welcome to Alan George on viola, the only remaining founder member of the group who got together as undergraduates at Cambridge.

Over the years the quartet have built a very fine reputation, and enjoyed a special relationship with Shostakovich and his quartets, the composer personally sending them the 13th, 14th and 15th near the end of his life. The anniversary will be marked by new recordings of Shostakovich, and several of the Schubert quartets.

Appropriately for a Scottish tour, Friday’s programme opens with the beautiful Quartet in C minor by Thomas Erskine, the 6th Earl of Kellie who was an eminent musician in mid 18th Century Scotland. His quartets were only discovered in 1989 as part of manuscripts discovered at Kilravock Castle near Nairn. The programme continues with a very appealing mix of new and old; Delius’ Late Swallows and Glazunov’s Noveletten contrasting with three of Bach’s Contrapuncti, and in conclusion Beethoven’s passionate Quartet in F minor Op 95.

The performance begins at 7.30 with tickets in advance or on the night from Nairn Community and Arts Centre.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Road resurfacing on A96 - BEAR consultation falls short by a vast margin says Community Councillor

River CC (in abeyance) Community Councillor Hamish Bain told the Gurn:

"We read on the Gurn a press release from Bear that "Consultation has taken place with local residents in advance of the resurfacing to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements and to minimise any inconvenience." 

As you know we live on the A96 and can assure you that no such consultation has taken place. However this morning the attached was delivered to our postbox.

The letter is dated 22nd August 2019. If this is the implied consultation then it falls short by a vast margin of expected performance by any group let alone a group contracted to a National Government. It is a very poor notification leaving no time for alternative arrangements to be made by or for any susceptible people. There are many very elderly people living in Sutors Avenue and no consideration has been taken for these vulnerable people.

As Community Councillors for this area we are very disappointed in the tardiness shown by Bear and the apparent lack of respect given in publishing the press release without actually having held a consultation as far as we are aware. We have written to Bear asking for clarification on the consultation dates and whom the consultees are. We have, as yet, not received any response directly."

Below is a copy of the letter received by Hamish and his neighbours. 

Sunday, August 25, 2019

£360,000 overnight resurfacing improvements for two sections of the A96 in Nairn starts tonight (25th August) for three weeks

From BEAR Scotland press release: 

Two sections of the A96 in Nairn are set to benefit from £360,000 worth of resurfacing improvements with works scheduled to start this weekend.

The resurfacing improvements will address any road defects in the carriageway, creating a smoother and safer journey for road users.

The overnight project is set to begin on Sunday 25 August and is programmed to take three weeks to complete with the project split into two phases. The project will take place between 7.30pm and 6.30am each night with surfacing improvements due to be completed by 6.30am on Thursday 12 September. The first phase of improvements will take place between Albert Street and Tradespark Road before moving onto improvements between Sainsburys Roundabout and the A939 Junction. No works are programmed for Saturday nights.

To ensure the safety of roadworkers and motorists, a 10mph convoy system will be in place during working hours for both phases of the project. Temporary traffic lights will also be in place during works being carried out at the A939 Junction and Moss-Side Road. All traffic management will be removed during the daytime.

Consultation has taken place with local residents in advance of the resurfacing to make them aware of the traffic management arrangements and to minimise any inconvenience.

Commenting on the improvements, Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Representative, said: “This investment from Transport Scotland will allow us to repair a number of cracks, potholes and other issues which will improve the general condition and safety of this section of the A96 for motorists.

“We’ve taken steps to minimise disruption by carrying out the works overnight and ensuring that all traffic management will be removed out with working hours. Our teams will do all they can to complete the project as quickly and safely as possible.

“We thank motorists for their patience in advance while we complete these works and encourage road users to plan their journeys in advance by checking the Traffic Scotland website for up to date travel information and allow some extra time to reach their destination.”

Real-time journey planning information can be obtained by visiting, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site

All waste materials and spoil resulting from these road works will be re-cycled in accordance with Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) policies and procedures.

XR Nairn members through in Inverness at Fast Fashion demo

Rebels from the Nairn group and also the newly formed Foress and Findhorn XR groups where through at a demonstration in Inverness yesterday organised by Highlands and Islands XR. 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Awesome scenes as Nairn County beat Brora 1-0 at Station Park to take unbeaten run since start of season to four games

The first three games were away too. Here's how it was at the final whistle. Wonderful times and living the dream today:

Courthouse steeple goes back on tomorrow morning Sunday 25th (weather permitting)

From Highland Council Press Release:

"On Sunday (25th August 2019) it is proposed to crane lift the newly refurbished steeple back on to the top of Nairn Courthouse. This will obviously be weather permitting.

In order to allow crane access to facilitate the lift, the full rear car park will be closed overnight at both entrances from the A96 from 10pm on Saturday 24th August until 10am on Sunday 25th.

Crane set up will take approximately an hour and a half from 07:00 hrs on Sunday 25th with the actual lift likely to take half an hour from 08:30am. For public safety, the High Street will be closed off in the immediate vicinity of the Courthouse for the duration of the lift. Areas adjacent to the Courthouse will also be cordoned off for safety reasons.

The construction works are currently on programme and the public are able to view the various stages of works required at Nairn Service Point.

The works are being carried out by Laing Traditional Masonry, and project managed by the Development and Infrastructure Service of The Highland Council."

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Nairn Academy rebuild any further forward or kicked into the long grass once again? Watch the Highland Council webcast and you decide!

Nairn Academy Rebuild any further forward or kicked into the long grass once again? Watch the webcast and you decide. Click see more to get times on vid where, Liz, Peter and Tom (oor Cooncillors) speak. Here's something from the Highland Council press office:

"Members have, at a special council meeting today, agreed a top priority for the Scottish Government New Schools Investment Programme bid.

Members agreed that the proposed Tain 3-18 Campus project is nominated as The Highland Council’s priority for consideration by the Scottish Government for inclusion in the initial phase of the New Schools Investment Programme with a delivery timescale by the end of 2021.

A second priority will be to secure funding to provide a new campus at Broadford as the Highland Council recognises Broadford as a high priority in the next phase of school infrastructure investment.

Members also agreed that Council will seek to secure funding to provide a replacement school for Nairn Academy through a bid to the further, larger, phase of investment from the Schools Investment Programme, in conjunction with the planned refresh of the Council’s Capital Programme."

Any way folks. Watch Liz MacDonald speak at 16.02 in (Only lip service has been paid to Nairn as a contender).

Peter Sagers at 23.30 (overall I do not feel that Nairn Academy has had a fair crack of the whip).

Tom Heggie at 45.55 (Why did Nairn disappear off a priority list, no one has been able to tell me). Tom sets out the state of the building here, doesn't sound good folks.

Cllr Saggers proposed an amendment towards the end to give more impetus to a Nairn Academy rebuild but he withdrew it when it emerged that changing chacement areas would mean a consultation period that could take 2 years.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

OK for Phone boxes to go? 3 in Nairn, 2 in Cawdor - consultation on BT closure of public payphones

If you have any thoughts on the proposed closures, then links to the consultation pages are available here on the Highland Council website.  The closures in Nairn are in John St, Fraser Park and Boath Park. 
Interesting comment from David Richardson of the Federation of Small Businesses in relation to this topic on twitter. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019

What do young people think are the biggest issues in the Inverness and Nairn constituency?

MYSPs Kimberley Brown and Rachel Hatfield want young people to tell them what are the biggest issues in their constituency

"Aged 12-25? Live in Inverness, Nairn or Grantown on Spey? Why not tell your MSYPs what affects you! Filling out this survey will help us map out our local priorities. You can email Kimberley and Rachael anytime: and "

Friday, August 09, 2019

Climate emergency school strikers continue their protest during school holidays

A blether with Eric about the continuing Climate Emergency Friday protest on Nairn High Street, the Global Climate Strike on September 20th and the recently formed Nairn Extinction Rebellion Group.

The Nairn Climate Strikers - "this short documentary has them saying what they feel the world needs to know." Video by Rowen Henderson

"Two boys from the highland beach town of Nairn share their story of being a driving force behind local climate strikes. 

Eric Ness and Dayne Inglis have been prominent figures in the highland beach town of Nairn, dedicating loads of their time to being a huge driving force behind school climate strikes. Worried about the future of their planet and calling for immediate action to be made this short documentary has them saying what they feel the world needs to know."

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Post Office going down the street into McColls?

A Post Office consultation page states: 

"We are proposing to move the above Post Office branch to a new location – McColls Retail Group, 39 High Street, Nairn, IV12 4AG, where it will operate as one of our new local style branches. 

Why are we moving?

We’re proposing this move as part of the ongoing modernisation of our branch network. We are confident that introducing a local style branch alongside a successful retail store is the most effective way to safeguard sustainable Post Office services in the local community into the future."

Here at the Gurn we have some sympathy with a view expressed on one of Nairn's main social media pages:  "Have as much consultation as they want and online surveys it's just lip service As was fate of Harbour St post office this one is now going into Mcolls and nothing will stop it"

Back in December 2009 there was a march down from the Courthouse and a protest in Harbour Street but the authorities didn't listen then - will they listen to anyone now? 

Friday, July 26, 2019

Sunset 25th July 2019 Nairn Beach

Using your Highlife card elsewhere in Scotland

"The LeisureLink Partnership which includes High Life Highland today announced a new member to the partnership taking the total to five areas of Scotland that will see highlife members able to access free use of leisure facilities outside the Highland region at Live Borders facilities for the first time."

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Nairn Healthcare News - Summer 2019


The past season has brought a lot of new faces to Nairn Healthcare Group. We have welcomed our new Nurse, Jeanne McComasky to the team. We have a new doctor joining us in August, Dr Callum Mitchell along with 2 trainee doctors, Dr Duncan Brown and Dr Marc MacMillan. Kate Benson, Healthcare Assistant and Nicola Thomson, Practice Nurse will soon be rejoining us from maternity leave in September. 

Our goodbyes and good lucks are extended to Dr Daniel Carolan, who finishes with us in August after a 6-month placement and Nurse Norma Strachan who finishes with us at the end of July following a year maternity cover. We wish both Dr Carolan and Norma all the best with their new ventures. 

Changing Contact Details

We would like to remind all patients to make sure you update us with new addresses/telephone numbers. Also, if you are waiting for a hospital appointment please contact the hospital and provide them with an update if your contact details change. 

For younger adults and teenagers who have their parents’ number recorded in their medical records, please inform the practice if you would like to change this. 

Sun Protection

Although Nairn hasn’t seen much of the sun so far this summer, on the odd occasion when the sun does comes out and for those who will be holidaying abroad, we need to protect our skin with suitable clothing, seeking shade and applying sunscreen. 

Sunscreen should be suitable for your skin type and block both UVA and UVB radiation, at least SPF15 should be applied and the product shouldn’t be applied if after its expiry date. 

Children and babies have more sensitive skin than adults so please take extra care to protect them. Children under 6 months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight. There are sunscreens available that are formulated for children and babies, these are less likely to irritate their skin. 

If you do happen to get sunburnt, paracetamol and ibuprofen will ease the pain by helping to reduce inflammation. Sponge the sore skin with cool water and apply aftersun lotion. If you feel unwell or the skin swells or blisters, please seek medical help and stay out of the sun until all redness has gone. 

For more information on sun protection, please visit


Hay fever is one of the most common allergic conditions affecting one in five people at some point in their life and unfortunately, it is during the summer months that it surfaces. It is an allergy to pollen and the symptoms include sneezing, a runny nose and itchy eyes. 

There is currently no cure for hay fever but most people are able to relieve symptoms with treatment to a certain extent. Treatment options include antihistamines which can help prevent an allergic reaction from occurring. Steroids are sometimes recommended to reduce inflammation and swelling. 
Most hay fever cases can be controlled with over-the-counter medication from the pharmacy, however if you feel your hay fever is more troublesome, it may be worth speaking to a GP as you may require prescribed medication. 

Some self-help tips:

Wearing sunglasses outdoors to stop pollen reaching your eyes 

Take a shower after being outdoors to remove unwanted pollen from your body 

Apply a small amount of Vaseline to the nasal opening to trap pollen grains. 

House of Care

Nairn Healthcare will soon be changing the way we recall patients for their annual routine health checks. So rather than booking numerous appointments if you have more than one condition, we are going to combine your checks to allow you to attend one to two appointments per year. Some patients may only need to attend for one appointment where they will have all of their checks done. This is the “House of Care” model that we are currently working on and will provide more information once available. To be continued..... 

Serial Prescribing

Nairn Healthcare Group is improving how we manage repeat prescriptions for certain patients whose medicines are stable, and who always come for their treatment checks when asked. 

For these patients, we are now providing a prescription which looks like a normal prescription but is called a serial prescription and lasts for up to 56 weeks (just over one year). Medicines on a serial prescription will be dispensed in instalments every 4 or 8 weeks, depending on what the prescriber feels is appropriate. 

If we feel that you meet the criteria for switching to the serial prescription service, we will prescribe your medicines in this way. Your community pharmacy will keep hold of your serial prescription and have your repeat medicines ready for you to collect when your medicines are due. For medicines prescribed on a serial prescription, this means you will no longer have to request these from your pharmacy or the GP practice. You will receive notification if you are one of these patients with a “Frequently Asked Questions” leaflet attached.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

A few pages for all the local apple enthusiasts:

"Interest in Orchards and fruit trees has been growing in Nairn in recent years with new orchards established at the Sandown Allotments, with the Green Hive in Viewfield and with Nairn schools planting too. Many individuals have also planted trees in their own gardens in Nairn and beyond with trees that have been grown locally by the Nairn Allotments Orchard Group." 

Friday, July 19, 2019

Young musicians kick off summer of music in Nairn

Young musicians from Nairn will take to the road next week as the Fèis Inbhir Narainn Cèilidh Trail kick off their annual summer tour.

A group of five talented young musicians and singers will be entertaining audiences with traditional Gaelic music and song over the next couple of weeks at venues in Nairn and surrounding area.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Cèilidh Trail programme which was pioneered by Fèis Rois but has now been adopted by a number of other Fèisean. It gives young musicians and singers, aged 16 to 25, the opportunity to take part in a professional summer tour through their local Fèis with support from a team of musicians and specialist tutors. This unique opportunity offers participants training in the core skills required for a career in the creative industries, particularly music. Participants have the opportunity to gain a PDA in Performance or Sound Production, through a collaboration with West Highland College.

With support from Creative Scotland and HIE, Fèisean nan Gàidheal Cèilidh Trails help young musicians develop their performance skills and provide a widespread traditional music entertainment programme in the Highlands and beyond. This year there are Cèilidh Trails in Ross-shire, Lochaber, Paisley, Skye, Stirling & Trossachs and Argyll with this year being the fourth time a Cèilidh Trail has hit the road in Nairn.
Rhona MacDonald, ceilidh trail co-ordinator, said: “Our Fèis Inbhir Narainn Cèilidh Trail is absolutely raring to go and entertain audiences this summer! They’ve recently gone through a week of intensive training and preparation at Fèis Alba in Plockton with musicians from Cèilidh Trails around Scotland.”

“The Cèilidh Trail is a phenomenal opportunity for these young musicians to get a taste of what life as a professional touring musician can be like. Not only do they play the gigs but they are involved in the organisation, marketing and tech side of the tour – it’s hard work but great fun at the same time and I’m sure people who come along to the gigs won’t be disappointed. There is a mix of formal and informal concerts as well as family ceilidhs so there is something for everyone – you might even learn a song and dance or two!”

This year’s Fèis Inbhir Narainn Cèilidh Trail members are Beth Cain (keyboard), Lena Mckechnie (fiddle), Alix Aburn (Gaelic song), Hamish Drennan (bagpipes and whistle) and Ross Clark (fiddle).

Dates and venues for Fèis Inbhir Narainn Cèilidh Trail are:
Saturday 27th July – Community & Arts Centre, Nairn (launch night with Assynt, 7.30pm)
Monday 29th July – Croy Village Hall, Croy (supporting Saltfishforty, 7.30pm)
Tuesday 30th July – The Gellions, Inverness (session, 5-7pm)
Wednesday 31st July – Black Isle Show, Muir of Ord (concert, 5pm)
Thursday 1st August – Black Isle Show, Muir of Ord (concerts/sessions throughout the day)
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd August – Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Beauly (workshops throughout the day
Monday 5th August – The Havelock, Nairn (session, 2.30-4pm)
Monday 5th August – The Gellions, Inverness (session, 7-9pm)
Tuesday 6th August – St Columba’s Church, Nairn (Afternoon tea and concert, 3.30pm)
Tuesday 6th August – MacGregors Bar, Inverness (session, 7.30pm)
Wednesday 7th August – Croy Village Hall, Croy (TMSA Young Trad Tour 2019, 7.30pm)
Thursday 8th August – James’s @ the Putting Green, Marine Road, Nairn (Busking, 11.30am)
Thursday 8th August – Nairn Museum, Nairn (concert, 2pm)
Friday 9th August – Glenurquhart Public Hall, Drumnadrochit (family ceilidh, 7.30pm)
Saturday 10th August – The Invernairne, Nairn (concert, 7.30pm)

For further details of all Cèilidh Trail events across Scotland, visit

Police seeking help to find graffiti vandals

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Riverside Fun Day! Saturday 20th July 12pm-3pm at Riverside Park, near the Jubilee Bridge

Green Hive, the Nairn and Nairnshire Community Partnership and other local community groups with an interest in the Riverside Park are joining together to provide a free and accessible afternoon of activities.

Green Hive’s recent survey in Queens Park highlighted that the Riverside Area, including the play spaces and football pitch, were of value to the local residents. It was apparent that people wanted to see more done to improve play spaces and promote a stronger sense of community. As part of the Scottish Invasive Species Initiative, working to reduce species such as giant hogweed from our riverbanks, Green Hive was already planning a volunteer day inviting members of the public to help clear Himalayan balsam plants from the woodland area along the riverside.

“The idea for a fun day was suggested in a few survey responses. So it seemed like a good idea to turn our volunteer day in to a family friendly activity and invite other groups to join us to make this day a riverside park community event. Other groups such as Nairn PLAY, the Mill Road allotments, the Forres and Nairn welfare football league and Highlife Highland have been keen to become part of it and we’ve developed a really good network of people that all have an interest in seeing a flourishing riverside environment that provides a safe space to play and explore nature.” 

– Kirsty Ellen, Green Hive Development Officer

The Nairn and Nairnshire Community Planning Partnership (NNCP) is made up of people from the local council, health, police, fire, voluntary and leisure/culture/wellbeing services, striving to improve access to public services and promote equality. 

“We believe that community members should play an active role in shaping the future development of services and spaces in Nairnshire. As a Partnership, we hope to see a great attendance on July 20th, with many people engaged with the activities and groups present. We hope to gather community perspectives on how the Park should be developed during the event and to feed these insights into our Partnership planning and future actions.” 

– Rhona McNicol, NNCP Community Engagement Officer

Support for resources for the day will come from the Boy’s Brigade, St Ninian’s Church and Highland TSI who are lending a marquee, tables and chairs and notice boards, the Highland Council with bins and extra park maintenance and Nairn BID to coordinate food vendors. 

“So it’s a real community effort for this day to take place.” – Kirsty Ellen, Green Hive Development Officer

Park development:

“The Riverside is Common Good Land administered by local members and The Highland Council. There is a need to improve the facilities in this area especially for the use of our citizens. We will be having some fun on the day but also seeking the views of locals concerning how they would wish to improve this area for the benefit of all. It would be good to develop a plan for the improvement of existing facilities and ensure they are maintained for the future.” – Cllr Tom Heggie

Engagement activity – The event is the first part of working together with the Places and Spaces group of the Nairn and Nairnshire Community Planning Partnership. We intend to help each other enhance the riverside area and gain support from the wider community to develop activities and possibly annual events. During the day there will be the chance to find out more about the plans by Nairn PLAY and the Welfare League. There will also be the opportunity to contribute your ideas and express what you hope to see happen at the riverside park. If you are part of a community group that uses this area get involved by contacting Cllr Tom Heggie

Parking is limited so please walk if you are able to. The car park by the Jubilee will be closed to vehicles and the car park by the football field will be open with preference for disabled users.


Inflatable kick darts

River dipping and nature trails

Himalayan Balsam conservation activity

Bunting making


Mill Road allotment’s open day and treasure hunt

Highland cycle ability bikes

Fire Scotland fire engine

Bouncy castle

Rodeo bull



Youth led sports and games

There will also be food vendors where you can buy snacks and lunch

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Street Markets - something we should have on a regular basis?

This observer was on the Golden Mile yesterday and noticed just how many Nairn folk were doing their shopping or dining or moving going through in that part of Snecky. As we sometimes do it prompted a tweet on our twitter account. That tweet generated an interesting response which you can also read below.

There has also been a bit of conversation on a Nairn social media page about the value of markets and the opportunities to trade etc and whether they are good for the town or not.  We, of course think they are, and market towns elsewhere seem to benefit from the extra folk the stall holders pull in. Witness Murray MacRae's image from July six years ago shows.

It's good to see Nairn High Street full of people at times like the Christmas Lights ceremony and the Fun Runs - maybe the powers that be and the new Nairn BID could bring back a street market or two? Could such a scenario make Nairn truly "more about the experience".

Friday, July 12, 2019

Highland Council survey becomes "mother of all complaints page" on Facebook

One of our regular readers sent us a link to a Highland Council Facebook page which links to a Survey site.

"We have set a vision for The Highland Council to be: - Ambitious, Sustainable and - Connected." They say but the entries on the wee embeded bittie below are a litany of what people across the Highlands think is wrong with the Council.   Click on the  "See more" link to see what Highlanders have to say 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Info on recent delays at Nairn traffic lights from MSP

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Meeting to set up Nairn Extinction Rebellion Group - 6.30 pm Tuesday July 23rd in the Nairn Community and Arts Centre

On Monday evening (1st July) there was a talk in the Community Centre about the group Extinction Rebellion. The organisers were delighted with a turnout of about 40 people who came along wanting to do something to stop the climate emergency destroying our world. There will be another meeting on Tuesday 23rd of July in the Community and Arts Centre at 6.30 pm to form a Nairn group. 

Time to do what we can folks, if you are concerned about what we are doing to this planet and want to change things then please come along to the meeting.  

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Thursday 18th July 7.30pm Mac McClure (piano), Juan Carlos Higuita (violin) Fort George Chapel, Ardersier Tickets at the door. £15 /2

On Thursday 18th July the exquisite and historic Garrison Chapel at Fort George will be a very special venue for the first concert of Music Nairn’s exciting and ambitious Outreach Programme which will provide the opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience top quality live music in wonderful atmospheric venues.

The chapel was added to the Fort in 1763-7 and is perfect for such a musical performance.
Both performers, Juan Pablo Higuita (violin) and Mac McClure (piano) specialise in Spanish and South American music and an exciting and colourful programme including Albeniz, Piazzolla, Ginastera, Sarasate and Turina should be ideal for a summer evening.

Juan Pablo trained at Bogota and Vienna Conservatoires, has performed to critical acclaim throughout South America, and is currently professor of violin and chamber music at the University of Colombia, while US born Mac, who has worked extensively with Alicia de Larrocha on the Spanish and classical repertoire teaches and tours in Spain, the USA and South America.

Nairn Community Transport minibus is available from Forres or Nairn for those who do not wish or are unable to travel there by car. Advance booking is required at the Nairn Community & Arts Centre on 01667 453476. Pickup time will be advised on booking, and a £2 contribution is requested.
Once at Fort George, the buses will operate a shuttle service between outside car park and Chapel for those who don’t wish to walk, so prompt arrival is requested.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Removing the Courthouse Steeple - Sunday 30th June 2019 video and images

All went well today and quite a few folk turned out to see the removal of the Courthouse steeple as the renovation works by the LTM Group continued assisted by a crane from the Stoddart company.

A picture below of the some of the team involved today and also images from Murray MacRae. More Gurn images of the operation coming soon.

Picture Murray MacRae - click to enlarge 

Picture Murray MacRae - click to enlarge 

Monday, June 24, 2019

A single Community Council representing Nairn just now

With River CC in abeyance then that is the case, if you wish to take your concerns to a public meeting and get an airing in a forum where Highland Councillors and the press will be present then you only have one option just now until the Community Council elections in November when sufficient candidates may come forward to allow Nairn River CC to be restored. Tonight at the regular meeting of West and Suburban CC however there was an invitation to all those remaining River members (left in limbo by the decision of Highland Council to shut them down) to join West and Suburban as non-voting associate members. A decision that, for now, effectively gives us a body that has representatives from most areas of the town. 

There was talk too of the future of Community Councils in Nairn and whether sufficient people could be attracted to the forthcoming elections this winter, particularly younger people who, it was mentioned, seem happy to comment on issues on social media but unwilling to take the further step of attending meetings, let alone stand for membership. One option for after the elections might be another attempt at a single council officially representing Nairn or a return to the idea of joint meetings.

There was a lot of stuff that folk might have found interesting tonight, perhaps the CC should experiment with a live Facebook broadcast to enlighten folk of how issues are discussed and how contributions can be made. Tom Heggie and Peter Saggers (two Highland Councillors) present were
Picture from Dec 2012 - concern expressed by Community
Councillors over the lack of action on flood prevention surveys
and works for Nairn although we are high on the list for action
asked about a number of issues such as car parking charges (nothing yet), the failure to come up with a new flood prevention scheme (nothing new yet). News emerged that Highland Council are talking with the BID about a deep-clean of the High Street and surrounding areas. The CC in conversation too with the BID about the nascent improvement organisation paying for £4,000 for the installation of the Christmas Lights this year (a price that Highland Council will be demanding). Talk too of the BID taking the fireworks cash from the CC in the future and then organising a display but that could be some way off.

And there was talk of the A96 bypass inquiry results being with Scottish Ministers by the summer (that'll be starting soon no doubt). The Courthouse works have gone over budget according to Tom Heggie but the Council will be paying out for that. There were one or two other things mentioned as well and no doubt the Leopold Street Thunderer will have some details for interested citizens to digest next week.

It was an hour and a half of the issues affecting the town, very interesting, it's all we have in the way of a democratic forum for the town – will sufficient people come forward in November to allow one or both of the town's Community Councils to continue?

PS only just seen some comments on previous articles, they have been published now - used to get an e-mail notification when they came through but that has stopped for some reason. Apologies for the delay.

Armed Forces Week 2019 ceremony at the Legion - Picture Murray MacRae

Car park closure for Nairn Courthouse Steeple removal

Highland Council Press Release:

Residents and visitors to Nairn are advised of forthcoming works involved with the ongoing refurbishment project to Nairn Courthouse.

On Sunday 30th June the top of the Courthouse steeple/viewing tower will be lifted off by crane and placed in the rear car park to allow repairs to be made to the wooden and lead structure. This operation will be weather dependant.

To allow crane access and carry out the lift, the full rear car park will be closed overnight at both entrances from the A96 from 10 pm on Saturday 29th June until 10 am on Sunday 30th June.

Crane set up will take approximately an hour and a half from 7 am on Sunday 30th with the actual lift likely to take half an hour from 8:30 am. For public safety, the High Street will be closed off in the immediate vicinity of the Courthouse for the duration of the lift. Areas adjacent to the Courthouse will also be cordoned off for safety reasons.

Once the steeple has been removed, it will be lowered into a secure compound in the rear car park for works to take place.

Replacement of the refurbished steeple is programmed for the end of July 2019. The construction works are currently on programme and the public are able to view the various stages of works required at Nairn Service Point.

The works are being carried out by Laing Traditional Masonry, and project managed by The Highland Council’s Development and Infrastructure Service

Friday, June 21, 2019

Climate Emergency school strikers moving to alternate Saturdays on the High Street

Eric told the Gurn this morning that the Friday School Climate Emergency strikers will be coming to the High Street on alternate Saturdays. The first Saturday action will be on Saturday 29th between 1-2 pm on the High Street.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Armed Forces Day a Flag Raising Ceremony will be held at Nairn Royal British Legion on Monday 24th June 2019 at 10.45am

Friday, June 14, 2019

Quite a lot going on in the Nairn twittersphere these days folks, we'll post anything interesting we see here via the Gurn twitter page

If there's not much being posted here it's worth having a look at the Gurn twitter account. Quite a lot happens in the Nairn twittersphere these days and you can scroll down the wee twitter boxie on the right hand side as far as you like to see what the latest craic is. You don't have to have an account to look at tweets either. 

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Team Hamish event brings crowds, colour, joy, motion and much more to Nairn today - pictures

A fantastic event and the weather mainly held off as an amazing event took place with the Team Hamish 10K and fun runs getting underway. Click on the image below to browse or a several pages of Individual larger images here. 

Please note we have had to put the images into two flickr albums now due to a technical difficulty. The second album now added below. 

Sgioba Hamish 9 Og-mhios 2019

Individual larger images of second album here. 

Sgioba Hamish 9 Og-mhios 2019 - Duilleag 2

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Missing cat Rose Street - 1st June 2019

Update: 22/6/19 Sadly Sam was found deceased yesterday.

Julie Hatton's cat has been missing since Saturday, 1st June in the Rose Street area. This is her post on Nairn Rocks.  
"My poor cat got out last night as I had moved house. He is not well and on medication. His name is Sam and he is a very shy cat. No collar as he had a cut on his neck. Moved from Belivat Terrace town centre Nairn to Rose St if you see him please pm me."

If you live in or around the Rose Street, High Street, Belivat Terrace area, could you please take a moment to check your house, garages, sheds, greenhouses, conservatories, etc, in case Sam has got shut in.
If you see him please pm Julie on the Nairn Rocks post.

"The Scottish Government must deliver on its promise to the people of the Highlands to make railway travel to Inverness competitive with road travel"

"The Scottish Government must deliver on its promise to the people of the Highlands to make railway travel to Inverness competitive with road travel according to the Scottish Greens Parliamentary Co-Leader Patrick Harvie MSP. 

Both the Welsh and Scottish Governments have recently declared climate emergencies and this week the Welsh Government announced it has scrapped plans to build a new motorway.

Mr Harvie highlighted this at First Minister’s Questions this afternoon, asking that since the FM insisted, “Everything is under review” whether the government would look again at the A9 and A96 dualling projects and instead redirect public expenditure from road building to a modern affordable and efficient rail network.

Patrick Harvie MSP said:

“More than ten years ago an SNP First Minister made a promise to the people of the Highlands that rail travel would become competitive with road. In the meantime, little has happened on the rail front, while huge investment has been committed to the A9 and A96 dualling projects.

“If these projects continue as planned this would mean that there were effectively four lanes of road heading to and from the Highland capital, but only one lane of rail. 

“This week we’ve seen a welcome u-turn from the Welsh Government, scrapping its plan to build a new motorway in the face of the climate emergency. If the Scottish Government’s climate commitments are to be taken seriously, it must too rethink its polluting road plans, and instead invest in reliable alternatives.

“Dualling and electrifying the Highland Mainline could be done at a fraction of the cost of the road projects, and would bring huge environmental and economic benefits to the region. It’s time for the Scottish Government to deliver on its promises and provide a modern, affordable and efficient rail network which is fit for the 21st century.”

D-Day 75th Anniversary - Memorial service on Nairn LInks

A good turnout today for the service organised by the Nairn Branch of the Royal British Legion despite the weather, as those that trained in this area during World War 2 and then went on to participate in the D-Day landings were remembered.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Nairn youngsters speaking at Climate Emergency demonstration they organised in Inverness - Saturday 25th of May 2019

They were also some adult speakers invited by the young people too and we'll put up a link to a longer video containing their contributions later. 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Nairn voter receives polling card but still unable to vote on the day!

Worried about the Climate Emergency? - if you can get along to Falcon Square Inverness 12.00 midday tomorrow (25th May) to support a demonstration organised by 13 year old Eric and his friends

Nairn's youth continue their efforts to draw attention to Climate Emergency issues

Nairn Academy pupils held their regular Climate Emergency demonstration today in the High Street and then they went up to support a similar protest outside Rosebank. Tomorrow the Nairn pupils have organised a demonstration in Inverness which starts in Falcon Square at 12 midday (see image of poster on right of this article.

 If you get a chance speak to these youngsters about their hopes for the future and their worries about the growing dangerous situation that our world's climate is heading for - they are remarkable and inspirational people.

Larger images later on the Gurn flickr pages. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Some Rosebank pupils to join worldwide Climate Strike this Friday 8.45 – 9.45 am at Academical Square opposite St Ninian's Church

Inspired by both Greta Thunberg, and the actions of the Nairn Academy pupils, some of the Rosebank Primary pupils will be holding their own Climate Strike this Friday at Academical Square (square at the back of Rosebank School, opposite St Ninian’s) from 8.45 – 9.45 as part of the Global Climate Strike 2. All pupils and teachers from both Rosebank and Milbank are welcome to attend, but will need to be supervised by a Parent / carer and let their school know.

David a P4 pupil – who helped to instigate the event, says “I don’t want to sit around anymore, I want to do something”.

Details of the Global Strike for Climate in the embeded facebook article below.  Since the first Global strike, which say a very good turnout in Nairn despite heavy rain, picture here, Nairn Academy pupils have continued with a Friday morning demonstration on the High Street every week and will no doubt be turning out for the Global Strike too this week.

Last ever ‘Run for Hamish’ event - Sunday 9th of June

Run for Hamish 
Sunday 9th of June. 

Last ever ‘Run for Hamish’ event.

You can pick up entry forms from the library, community & arts centre, swimming pool and sports club.
Fun Run is 5k, you can walk, jog, run. We welcome ALL! Buggies/prams, dogs on leads.

For the more serious runners, sign up for the 10 mile road race. You can enter online via our website.

If Hamish could do it, so can you! Let’s make it the best one yet.
Team Hamish told the Gurn:

"3 weeks yesterday is ‘Run for Hamish’ This is the last time we plan to hold this event. Six months before he died Hamish stood proudly for a photo, he was delightedly wearing pants on his head. Affectionately then referred to as Captain Underpants 👌🏻😂🦸🏼‍♂️

We would like 🌈EVERYONE 🌈on the day to wear a pair of pants on their head! As plain or as fancy as you wish! We are demonstrating below how it can be done! No excuses 😂 everyone owns pants!! That and as bright colours as you can find to wear!! Even Indie joined in, Bella was not so keen.
Thank you SO much to everyone for your continued support!

See you on the 9th of June wearing your pants on your head! 😂👌🏻💙🌈👌🏻🌈"