Walk: A litter-free approach to the Bin of Cullen

[View towards Cullen from the summit]

It'd be easy to make to make a throwaway disparaging comment about a hill with a name like Bin of Cullen, but the truth is that this hill's prominence amongst pancake-flat surroundings makes it one of Moray's best viewpoints, overlooking the firth of the same name and (on a clear day) Ben Wyvis beyond, 101 km distant. Ben Rinnes and the Cairngorms crown the views southwards. Crisp packets and other rubbish on our visit spoilt the sections where this route joins the "tourist" route; fortunately 80% of this circuit is little trodden. The contours gathering around the Glen Burn look enticing on OS maps and deliver, with valley sides gradually narrowing while the track remains pleasantly level. This is a hill walk though, and on this one the ascent all comes at the last minute, although optional zig-zags ease the pain. Maps promise a choice of tracks for the return route: in reality, most are overgrown so a detour north towards Moss Hill Plantation is wise.

[The track along Glen Burn provides a pleasant approach to the hill's base]

Name: Walk: A litter-free approach to the Bin of Cullen ★☆☆
Length: 13 km / 8 miles
Ascent: 420 metres
Main summits: Bin of Cullen (320 metres, sub-2000')
Points of interest: Glen Burn
Start / finish: Car park at Cullen House, minor road end a mile south of Cullen, G.R.: NJ 509664 / option charts heaven

Route: Car park - Cullen House & bridge - pond at NJ 507658 - follow north side of Glen Burn to Badentarget Plantation - Bin of Cullen - return to bealach between Bin of Cullen & Little Bin - High View Plantation - Moss Hill Plantation - Foulford Bridge - Cullen House - start
Terrain: Tracks throughout, steep near summit. Briefly muddy after Cullen House.
Wildlife today: A few birds but generally quiet.
Weather today: Blue skies with light winds and a beautiful sunset, temperatures in single figures.

[Buckie with Spey Bay and the Moray Firth beyond]


Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track

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