Sunday 6th Nov

Culbin Forest

OS 27 Nairn. Approx 16km (10ml), little ascent.

Culbin Forest covers a large area of once shifting sands, now stabilised by Scots and Corsican pine trees, with many unusual plants growing underneath, as well as heather, moss and rare lichens. Lying between Nairn and Findhorn, it was once part of Kinnaird estate, and houses and farms lie buried underneath the old dunes since the Great Storm in 1694. Of course there are many stories about lost treasure in the sands too!

Starting from the main entrance at Wellhill (GR NH997614), we will visit the tidal mudflats of the RSPB reserve (Culbin is an SAC, SPA & Ramsar site as well as having SSSI status), with its overwintering brent geese, scoters & godwit (bring binoculars), and will also climb to the forest’s highpoint – Hill 99, so called because it is 99ft high – where a magnificent lookout tower gives tremendous views of the Moray Firth and the northern mountains. We’ll walk out past Brodie Castle to Brodie Countryfare where the bus will pick us up.

The route will be nearly all on good forest track and wheelchair-accessible path. Lighter boots may be more comfortable on these tracks. OS 27 Nairn. Approx 16km (10ml), little ascent.

Please note the early start time – this is because the clocks have gone back and it will get dark very early. You have always have a nap on the coach!

Meet at Culter Village Hall 7.30am, return around 6.30- 7pm

Transport by coach – £12 members, £15 guests (sorry,no Banchory pickup)

Contact: Catherine on 01224 733710

Names by Wednesday 2nd November

Walkers must wear walking boots, carry WARM and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves and take plenty food and liquids. THESE ARE ESSENTIAL. Be prepared for possible wintry conditions.

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