This beautiful coastal pine forest has a unique and fascinating history, shaped by man and nature. If you are looking for peace and quiet to enjoy easy walking through pine clad sand dunes, then Culbin is the place for you.
For centuries Culbin has been an ever-changing landscape, lashed by the sea and winds from the north. Long ago the area was occupied by tenant farmers who eked out a living, ever under the threat of invasion by sand. Local lore tells how all were finally driven out by an immense storm in 1694.
Taken over by the Forestry Commission in the 1920s, the vast area of bare sand dunes was stabilised bit by bit by planting with Scots and Corsican pine trees.
Today, this special forest reveals plants, animals and birds youd normally find only in ancient natural pinewoods. Look out for the more common roe deer, red squirrels and coal tits and with some luck and patience, the more elusive pine martens, crested tits and crossbills.
The western approach from Nairn guides walkers along the edge of the RSPB nature reserve with great opportunities to watch wading birds and sea ducks.
Follow the way marked trails or explore tracks reaching to the heart of the forest or out to the shore. To find out more, pick up the Forestry Commissions Culbin leaflet at local Tourist Information Centres or at the Wellhill or Cloddymoss car parks.
Picnic area, public toilet and all abilities trail.