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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.


The B9092 looking towards Nairn

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 second bypass for Auldearn.

All non-trunk roads within the traditional county are maintained by Highland Council. The A96 is the only Trunk road in the county, and is managed by Transport Scotland.

Route From To Length


A96 Inverness Aberdeen 101.5 miles View
A939 Nairn Ballater 59.6 miles View
A939 Nairn Grantown on Spey 23.5 miles View
A939 Nairn Ballater 59.6 miles View    
B9006 Inverness Fort George 15.1 miles View
B9007 Duthil Logie 18.5 miles View
B9090 Nairn Brackley 8.7 miles View
B9091 Nairn Croy 7.0 miles View
B9092 Ardersier Delnies 4.6 miles View
B9101 Auldearn Geddes 3.7 miles View
B9111 Auldearn By Pass(W) Auldearn 0.9 miles View     
T30 Perth Inverness View


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Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
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Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
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National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route


Main Article: Junctions in Nairnshire

Bridges, Tunnels, and other Crossings

Main Article: Crossings in Nairnshire

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Dalcross level crossing.jpgB9090 White Bridge realignment - vehicle activated sign at SE end of new road.jpgB9090 White Bridge realignment - looking NW over new bridge.jpgB9090 White Bridge - old bridge looking downstream from west.jpgB9090 White Bridge - old bridge closed north end.jpg
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