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Nairn has some excellent sporting facilities and an active sporting community. A wide range of sports is available either in the town or within easy travelling distance.

With two superb 18-hole courses in the town and a nine-hole one at Cawdor, Nairn is a magnet for golfers. The town was put firmly on the golfing map when, in 1999, it played host to the Walker Cup, bringing in visitors from worldwide as well as being seen in the competition's TV coverage. And with a number of other excellent courses within a short distance, Nairn is an ideal base for golfers.

Nairn Sports Club caters for a number of activities, including tennis, badminton and squash, as well as having a fully-equipped gym, and a sauna and solarium. An annual tennis tournament at the club is a highlight of the year.

Nairn Swimming Pool has excellent facilities' and includes not only a 25m pool but a steam room and a new fitness centre. Low-cost access to these facilities are available through the High Life scheme, offering unlimited entry for a monthly fee. Daily payment is also available for one-off visitors.

leisure parkBeside the swimming pool is the Nairn Leisure Park which hosts activities such as crazy golf, putting and croquet. The park is not manned so balls and putters may be obtained from Nairn Swimmming Pool for a small fee.

Football fans have a choice of two teams to watch: Highland League team Nairn County and junior side Nairn St Ninian.

Cricket was introduced to the town by English railway navvies and the town still plays its local league home games at the Links.

A wide variety of clubs is available for most sporting activities, such as martial arts, athletics, road running, bowling and swimming. Curling Club - phone 01667 455306 if any queries .

Outdoor activities are well catered for, with some excellent walking among the rivers, woods and hills of Nairnshire. The Nairn Cycle Project has set up a network of signposts to follow tracks along rural and urban routes. A leaflet is available from the Tourist Information Centre in the Library.

Two local stables provide a range of activities from introductory lessons and tuition for all abilities to beach riding and a residential training centre.

And, being a seaside town, watersports are well covered. Nairn harbour and the Moray Firth are home to an active sailing club, as well as attracting windsurfers on breezy days. There is also some demanding kayaking available on the River Findhorn.

If climbing and hillwalking are more your thing, there are plenty of places within easy travelling distance for you to access. For skiers, the Cairngorm and Lecht areas are also easily accessible from Nairn.

Angling is another popular activity in and around the town. Sea fishermen will probably have more luck from a boat, although some fish are caught from the piers and the shore.

The Rivers Nairn and Findhorn have good runs of salmon and sea trout, there is river and loch fishing for brown trout and there is a wellstocked fishery just three miles out of town.

Information and permits are available from Pat Fraser's electrical shop on the High Street.