Culbin - Hill 99 and Gravel Pit Ponds Trail
Wellhill, Kintessack, Forres, Moray IV36 2TG
0300 067 6200
Guide Last Updated: 11/09/2018
There's a fascinating network of tracks to explore and the level ground makes it easy. Hill 99 is the only waymarked trail, but you can use the Culbin map and numbered posts at path junctions to explore this unique, diverse and ever-changing coastal forest. Don't miss the panoramic views from the top of the amazing Hill 99 tower.
The route leads from the Wellhill car park and public toilets to the Gravel Pit Ponds.
This route covers part of the Hill 99 Trail but not all the trail.
This section of the route is approximately 1.1km long.
The surface of the route is concrete with a loose sandy surface in places.
There is clear directional signage located at regular intervals along the trails.
There are some slight slopes on the route.
There are resting points in places along the route.
There is bench seating next to the gravel pit ponds.
There are no toilets along the trail.
Leave the A96 Inverness to Aberdeen Road at Brodie, following the signs to Culbin. The main car park is at Wellhill. Sat Nav Directions - IV36 2TG is the nearest postcode. Wellhill car park is at grid reference NH 997 615.
There is not a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.
Moray Council offers a limited local bus service (no. 318) running from Forres to Kintessack on school days, Tuesdays and Fridays. It's about a mile (1.6km) from Kintessack to Wellhill. There are also regular buses to Forres running between Aberdeen and Inverness.
Culbin Forest is not generally staffed.
Forestry Commission leaflets, maps and publications can be provided in alternative format, for example, in large print or in another language. For more information please contact: The Diversity Team via telephone: 0300 067 5000 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The start of the Hill 99 Trail is located to the left of the information board in the car park.
There are two boulders located at the entrance. The gap between the boulders is 150cm (4ft 11in).
Follow this section of the trail for approximately 400m until the trail bears right. There is a slight slope on this section of the trail.
There is a slight slope as the trail heads into the woodland.
There are slight slopes in places along this part of the route.
Follow this part of the trail for approximately 280m until it merges with the path in front of the Gravel Pit Ponds.
There is step free access along the trail in front of the Gravel Pit Pond.
The trail runs alongside the pond.
The gravel pit pond trail is approximately 300m long.
There is bench seating located next to the pond, which overlooks the pond.
There is a slight slope leading down from the trail to the water’s edge.
At the end of the Gravel Pit Pond Trail, the trail becomes the Hill 99 trail again.
The Hill 99 trail carries on in a circular route. The remaining part of the Hill 99 trail is approximately 4.8km.
There are steeper slopes further along this section of the trail.
If these are not suitable it is advisable for the visitor to retrace their route back to the car park.