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The Clubhouse Hotel, situated on Seabank Road, is one of Nairn’s hidden treasures. This recently refurbished Victorian villa, has 14 individually decorated bedrooms and a beautifully contemporary decorated dining room/sunroom providing excellent food for residents and non residents. There is plenty of off road parking. The menu is changed regularly and is seasonal and the ingredients are sourced from local suppliers. The fish which is provided daily comes from Highland Fish in Ullapool. The recently refurbished dining room and sunroom, which overlooks the garden, have a very spacious feel and are well laid out. The decor is unique and colourful which adds a contemporary feel.

We went as non residents on a warm, sunny Friday evening and benefitted from being able to sit in the sun lounge with the doors open. The staff were very welcoming and friendly, attentive but not intrusive. They talked us through the menu and made recommendations before leaving us giving us time to make our selections. The menu choice is excellent and reasonably priced and the portion sizes are good. For starters we chose the trio of home cured salmon with a honey and mustard dressing (this is cured on the premises for three days), and the crayfish salad, which was a menu special. Other selections available were soup, chicken liver parfait, wild mushroom ragout and whitebait. Our starters were beautifully presented on slate plates and tasted even better than they looked. For main course we had herb crusted cod loin on smoked paprika chorizo, green pea and spring onion risotto and blue cheese, tomato and spinach beignets with wild rocket and balsamic reduction. We were certainly not disappointed. The cod was perfectly cooked and the risotto was creamy with the chorizo and spring onion adding another dimension which complimented the fish perfectly. The beignets were crispy on the outside but



still beautifully moist inside. The menu also included chicken breast, pork loin and steak. For pudding we opted for the white chocolate and lime parfait and the jam crème brulee with peanut butter cookies. The parfait was smooth and creamy and the lime provided a perfect sharpness cutting through the richness of the white chocolate. The crème brulee had the ideal crust on the top and the peanut butter cookies were wonderful giving the dish an added texture. As well as the seasonal menu there is also a classic menu which includes beer battered haddock and hand cut chips, burgers with all the trimmings, chicken Caesar salad and beef stroganoff. There is also a lunchtime soup and sandwiches menu which include bacon, brie and red onion chutney, isle of Kintyre smoked cheddar and pickle, whisky cured smoked salmon, cream cheese and cucumber and antipasto, salami, Parma ham, pickles, tomatoes and mayonnaise. Sandwiches are served on bread of your choice. There is a comprehensive wine menu suited to every palate and pocket. These are split into sparkling wines, classic wines and connoisseur wines and recommendations are made on request. We had coffee, with homemade fudge, in the lounge bar, which also had a warm welcoming feel. They also have a good cocktail menu. All the staff here was very friendly and chatty and this was the perfect end to a perfect meal. This restaurant truly is the undiscovered gem of Nairn. I have eaten in several local establishments and the quality of the food here surpasses those. I would heartily recommend the Clubhouse for its friendly welcome, attentive service and above all its amazing food.

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4 sunday scotlands gardens 2pm - 5pm, castle view garden, auchindoun, dufftown & glenrinnes lodge garden, dufftown. visit moray coast motor cycle club charity poker run registration 11am - 12noon. finishes 5pm. tom adamsons, linkwood pl, elgin. route of approx 100 miles to 5 stops to draw a card to make a poker hand. cash prize for winning hand. entry fee £10, includes food & refreshments. for more info visit or call 07928 444376 roseisle family fun day 10am - 2pm, roseisle village hall. craft fair & refreshments in the hall, fun and games in the grounds, including fairground ride, bouncy castle, face painting and games galore.

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nairn drama club presents “calendar girls”. 7:30pm, the little theatre, king street, nairn. tickets £10, no concessions. visit

inverness ranger walks: follow the culloden trail 1pm 5pm. meeting place given out on booking. adults £10, concs £6. call john orr on 01463 255291 or email

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1 august - 1 september tea in the park at glenlivet 10th annual event. glenlivet hall. b9008. ballindalloch. open every day from 11am - 5pm for freshly cooked local food. over 30 craft stalls. raffles. quizzes. tourist information.

AUGUST 1 thursday

nairn drama club presents “calendar girls” 7:30pm, the little theatre, king street, nairn. tickets £10, no concessions. visit

8 thursday "hosta heaven" - nairn & district gardening club 7:30pm at nairn community & arts centre. a talk from lorraine dingwall about her collection.

9 friday

music for a summer evening by pitmedden camerata @ brodie castle 7:30pm. adult £12 / child £8 / concs £8. for info and booking call 0844 4932156 or visit events. booking is essential.

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scottish chamber orchestra @ universal hall 8pm £14/£12 seniors/ £5 children, students, unemployed, disabled (& carer). tickets at phoenix stores / online for details call 01309 691170 or visit

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highland field sports fair 10am. moy, invernessshire. visit for details. belladrum festival 1pm. belladrum estate, beauly. with family events & over 90 acts across 5 stages. 01463 741366.

nts highland conservation group project 2-day culloden battlefield project. meet at battlefield at 9am. register your details by contacting julie bond on 08444 932589 or email

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vienna to broadway by concert pianist robin covill @ brodie castle 7pm. adult £15 / child £8. for more information & booking call 0844 4932156 or visit booking is essential as spaces are limited.

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23 friday - 25 sunday inverallan church flower festival fri 2pm - 8pm, sat 10:30am - 5:30pm, sun 11:30am - 4pm with evening praise service at 7pm at inverallan church grantown-on-spey. entrance free - donations for church funds welcome. teas & coffees in the hall.

24 saturday british heart foundation scotland sponsored event: loch ness duathlon 8am. fort augustus to inverness. contact: 0845 130 8663 or more information from craft fair 1pm - 4pm at culduthel christian centre, inverness. craft stalls, coffee shop, face painting, kids craft activities. £10 per stall. free entry to public. cake walk with story all abilities. culbin forest. call 07724 992790.

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Lawn care involves more than a quick mow once a week. Just as beds and borders need constant attention for the best results, lawns are the same! Moss, thatch and neglect are common problems. “there is no one fix solution,” said Keith Parker of Highland Green Lawn Care Services. “you need to replenish nutrients at regular intervals to get a good-looking, healthy lawn. Good drainage and lawn servicing is also key to avoiding potential problems.” With 20 years’ experience, Keith knows his turf. “I begin as lawn care manager with Greensleeves in West Yorkshire, where I trained,” he said. ‘I was so impressed by the end results that when we moved to Lossiemouth to be closer to our grand children, I decided to start Highland Green Lawn care Services.”

The grass is now greener all along the Moray coast, from Keith to Inverness. “Our core business is feeding lawns with our slow release fertilizer with no-scorch technology,’ Keith said. ‘Lawn fertilizer treatment usually consists of four visits a year through the growing season from March to the end of November. Each treatment has different balanced nutrients.

‘But even with fertilizer, lawns will struggle to grow and prosper if they contain thatch (which stifles growth), moss or excess compaction. ‘Our scarifying service removes thatch and moss. Our machines tend to slit the soil where possible to allow new grass to spread more easily. ‘Hollow tine aeration is another often neglected area in lawn treatment. We use heavy duty industrial machines to decompact the lawn and allow oxygen, water and nutrients to reach the root zone of the grass.

“This helps to strengthen shoots. The result is thicker, healthier, lush green lawn.’ After every treatment, the team removes all waste from site including the cores from aeration. “Leaving cores on a lawn is not good practice as they do not break down or compost easily,” Keith said. ‘They can end up being trodden or squashed back into the ground, which defeats the object really!” “lawn care can be hard work for gardeners,” said Keith, “but we have the professional equipment and the know-how. Our prices for lawn fertilization often work out cheaper than buying from your local DIY store or garden centre, and you don’t have to do it yourself!” From ‘handkerchief’ size lawns to large estate grounds, Highland Green has swards of happy customers. “I get great satisfaction from turning a no hope jungle into a lush green lawn, “ Keith said. “Customers say you can always tell which lawns have had the ‘HG’ treatment down their street!” For a FREE no obligation survey and quotation, please call Keith on: 01343 811114.

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Hollow Tine Aeration Removes cores from the lawn to de-compact the soil. Tining also helps allow water, nutrients and oxygen to reach the root zone of the grass plant more easily. Scarifying Will thin out and remove much of the thatch and moss which has built up over the last season (which was extremely wet last year) giving room for new shoots to grow and spread for next Spring.

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›Žȱ¢˜žȱ’—’쎛Ž—ȱ˜ȱ ˜ǵ ȱ ȱ ȱ ȱ “What meanest thou, O sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God.” (Jonah 1:6) Reader, you are not indifferent to things which affect your health, your circumstances, your prosperity or your future in life. Then why so indifferent to that which is of vastly greater importance than all these things put together – your eternal salvation? Indifference and unbelief does not annihilate God, your responsibility, sins, judgement or eternity. The plague of sin is in your heart; your members are yielded as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin; and the end of these things is death. The peril is great and real, do not trifle with it. You may treat the soul’s relations with God, and all the things that He has made known, as merely matters of opinion. The poor comfort which indifference and unbelief yield now, will be snatched away by the hand of death. The man who probably never prayed on earth prays earnestly in hell (The rich man and Lazarus, Luke 16). Here we see that this man, who would have laughed at any spiritual concern while on earth, is now anxious about the souls of his brethren, but too late.

How you must hate God, when you will perish rather than accept His invitation of salvation found alone in His Son. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) In saying this I am assuming that the reader knows the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ but maybe I am mistaken. Let me say, then, that through a crucified, risen and glorified Saviour – the Son of God, Jesus Christ our Lord – God is proclaiming the forgiveness of sins, and eternal salvation. The invitation is open to all. The poor may freely take these priceless blessings for they are the gift of God. The rich surely cannot afford to be without them. And as for the good and righteous, even they may be saved if they cast their pride to the winds, and take the sinner’s place in repentance towards God. “God...will have all men to be saved.” (1 Tim 2: 4) The Son has been given; Jesus has died; and the whole universe can see at the cross of Christ that God is neither indifferent to sin, nor to the need of man who has fallen under its power. Let indifference be banished from your heart. Turn in repentance to God, and receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour. For your life hangs on a thread; the record of your sins is on high; and the blackest midnight is brighter than the darkness of a Christless grave. “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out...” (Acts 3:19)

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