An imposing, castle-like Scottish baronial mansion house enjoying a stunning seafront location and panoramic views to the Moray Firth, the Sutors and the hills of Ross-shire and Sutherland.

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Firthside House is an outstanding period home dating back to 1885. It is the former home of Lord Thurlow, Paymaster-General under Gladstone in 1886. It boasts a timeless quality and craftsmanship, that will be as appealing 100 years from now as it is today. With a remarkable wealth of period features, its wonderfully discreet yet superbly central location, and its panoramic sea views, this is an exceptional home on a grand but manageable scale.

Designed by the architect Alexander Ross, one of the Highland’s most celebrated architects, this is a home designed and positioned to make the most its breathtaking views, and it stands proudly in mature private garden grounds. The privacy is immediately evident on entering the gated driveway through the tree-lined grounds, where upon reaching the front door you are captivated by the dramatic coastline and the sound of the waves from below.

Entrance is via the broad reception hallway and it is at this point that the wealth of period features becomes immediately apparent. These include leaded glasswork, ornate plasterwork, fireplaces, hardwood flooring, raised skirting’s and panelling. The hallway leads to the sitting room, formal dining room and large drawing room, all of which are front facing, and have magnificent views. There is a garden room located off the drawing room which overlooks the gardens and brings the outdoors in. The kitchen is well equipped with a range of wall and base storage units, Belfast sink, window seat and Leisure range. There is a sewing/hobby room, wc/cloak, access to cellar, boiler room and a study/home office.

A magnificent main staircase leads to a galleried landing and access to the principal bedroom which has an en-suite shower room. There are an additional 8 bedrooms on this floor, a laundry/utility room, shower room and family bathroom. There is a smaller staircase to the rear which provides access to the ground floor and up to the second floor attic level. This comprises a sitting room, two bedrooms, a bathroom and storage space.

This property has 3 acres of land.


The property is set in approximately 3 acres of garden grounds, which are mainly laid to lawn and surrounded by trees, plants and shrubs. The garden extends to the edge of the seafront and there is a large courtyard and terraces to sit, relax, unwind and admire the views. There is a double garage and useful outbuildings.


Firthside House is situated within a short distance of Nairn town centre. Known for its dry and sunny climate, Nairn is a vibrant Victorian town and a popular holiday destination. It has a good range of shops and professional services as well as two museums, an art gallery, antique shops and excellent restaurants. The town also has a sports centre, tennis club, swimming pool, riding centre and cricket pitch. The harbour is home to a small fishing fleet, marina and sailing club. In addition to the two Nairn championship golf courses, golf is also conveniently available at Royal Dornoch, Spey Valley and the Castle Stuart Golf Links. There is salmon fishing on the Rivers Nairn, Findhorn and Spey and shooting is readily available on local estates. The beautiful Spey valley with its Whisky trail and the ski slopes at the Cairngorms and The Lecht are all within easy driving distance. Inverness provides a range of retail parks and supermarkets as well as many entertainments, cultural and medical facilities expected of the Highland Capital. Inverness Airport has regular daily flights to London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and other UK destinations. The Aberdeen to Inverness railway line stops at Nairn and there are regular services (including sleepers) from Aberdeen and Inverness to the South.


The property is located on the corner of Thurlow Road and Albert Street. From Inverness enter Nairn on the A96. Turn left into Albert Street and follow the road down to Thurlow Road. Turn right and you will immediately see the entrance on your left hand side.

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Other features

  • Stunning sea views
  • Entrance hall
  • 5 Reception rooms and study
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Principal bedroom with ensuite
  • 10 Further bedrooms
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • In all 9,537 SqFt
  • Garage and off street parking
  • Front and rear gardens

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