Nairn is the chief town in Nairnshire, east of the Highland mountain range and tracing its history as a significant population centre back to prehistoric times. The Clava Cairns are one of the most significant archaeological sites in Europe, while Culloden Battlefield marks the last pitched battle on British soil.
Nairn and Inverness are connected by the A96, while Nairn railway station is a significant point along the Inverness-Aberdeen track. Inverness Airport is situated about seven miles away, and the town also possesses a harbour. Nairn has a golf course, and hosts the annual Nairn Book and Arts Festival and the Nairn Jazz Festival.