Culbin is ideal for walking, with miles of paths and tracks to explore, winding among the pine-covered dunes and coastline.
The Hill 99 viewpoint trail is an ideal walk for first-time visitors and takes about 2-3 hours starting from the main car park at Wellhill.
After your first visit, you'll want to explore further, making up your own route within the forest. It’s easy to find your way around, with numbered junction markers and a helpful free map that's available at the main car park.
What sort of walks are there?
There are different features of interest within the forest at different distances en route from Wellhill. We've compiled a list of 12 places to see at Culbin which give some suggestions for places to aim for on your walk.
Culbin has something for everyone. For instance, if you just fancy a gentle, level stroll, there are easy-reach destinations such as the Gravelpit ponds (from Wellhill) and the Minister’s Pool (from Nairn East Beach), with attractive benches to rest at when you get there.
As Culbin's tracks and paths are mainly level, many are suitable for wheelchair users or if you are pushing a buggy. There are more details on the easy access page.
Do I need special footwear or clothing?This isn’t a mountainous forest, so good shoes are fine. If you’re going any distance it’s always sensible to take waterproofs and a snack with you, but no special clothing is required. Do take care along the shore and watch out for the tide.
Are there guided walks?
Yes - there is a programme of ranger-led activities every year at Culbin. See the events page for more details.
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