Siorrachd Inbhir Narann
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Nainrshire is one of the smallest of the traditional counties in Scotland, and the smallest of the Highland Counties. It is found in the north of Scotland, between Inverness-shire and Moray. For most of its life, it worked in partnership with the Moray County Council, but this link was broken in 1975 when Nairn became a district of Highland Region and Moray of Grampian Region, it lost its district council status twenty years later.
Geography & Economy
Nairnshire is a very small county, where most of the population have always lived in the county town of Nairn. Indeed, outwith the town only Cawdor and Auldearn can really be called villages, the other larger settlements in the area, such as Croy and Ardersier, being included in Inverness-shire, which has a ragged border here. The town has long been a fishing port, and the rural county to the south a rich farming land. The higher ground now gives way to forestry on the hills, with open moorland beyond.
With the growth of Inverness to the west, the whole county is now firm commuter belt for the Highland Capital, and there are a number of planning proposals for vast new developments, perhaps even a new town, on the A96 corridor between Nairn and Inverness.
Unlike the wild and scenic Highland counties to the west, the low lying county of Nairn does not have to rely on coastal roads and mountain passes. The road network is therefore comparatively dense, with a network of B roads and unclassified routes feeding in to the two main A roads in the county - the A96 and the A939. Nairn itself is a bit of a bottleneck on the A96 trunk road at times, but plans are now progressing for a bypass of the whole A96 route through the county, including a new bypass for Auldearn.
|B9006||Inverness||Fort George||15.1 miles||View|
|B9111||Auldearn By Pass(W)||Auldearn||0.9 miles||View|
|Highland Tourist Route||Aberdeen||Inverness||118 miles||View|