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Culbin - Hill 99 and Gravel Pit Ponds Trail

Wellhill, Kintessack, Forres, Moray, IV36 2TG

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Trail Information

  • 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.
  • For more information about the Hill 99 Trail and Gravel Pit Pond please click here.

Getting Here

  • 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.
  • The nearest Railway Station is Forres.
  • The nearest railway station is Forres, 3 miles (4.8km) from Wellhill on foot, or a ten minute taxi ride.

Getting Help and Assistance

  • 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:

Parking and Public Toilets

Hill 99 Trail

  • 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.

Gravel Pit Ponds Trail

  • 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.