Walk: Hill 99 - squirrel's-eye view
|[View out to sea from Hill 99's tower]|
Culbin Forest stretches for several miles along the southern shore of the Moray Firth between Findhorn and Nairn. A maze of tracks and paths criss-cross this vast forest overlying sand dunes, intersections marked by junction numbers which often serve only to make you feel even more lost. Luckily the Forestry Commission have devised a number of circular walks (print off a map: link below), with the Hill 99 Viewpoint Trail probably the best introduction to the area. Hill 99 (named after its height in feet) is topped with a "squirrel's-eye" wooden tower: steps access this excellent viewpoint above the tree tops. Man-made ponds elsewhere on the walk are a good place to spot dragonflies in summer, attracted by the fresh water that's otherwise scarce amongst these coastal dunes.
Name: Walk: Hill 99 - squirrel's-eye view ★★☆☆☆
Length: 6 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 40 metres
Main summits: Hill 99 (29 metres)
Points of interest: Gravel-pit Ponds; Dragonfly Pool
Start / finish: Car park (with charge) at minor road end a mile north of Kintessack, G.R.: NH 998615 / summer sapping cautious
Route: Car park - Gravel-pit Ponds - Hill 99 - Dragonfly Pools - start. Map of route here (number 1).
Terrain: Straightforward track and paths, mostly flat.
Wildlife today: A few birds... no red squirrel!
Weather today: Evening sunshine with large areas of cloud; little wind.
|[View over Culbin Forest to a cloud-covered Ben Rinnes from Hill 99]|
Route credit: Forestry Commission