TUESDAY 21st APRIL, 2009
FORRES TO NAIRN – 20 MILES, 7 HOURS
MORRIS, DOUGLAS AND DENIS
TOTAL DISTANCE WALKED TO DATE 440.2 MILES
As we had two long walking days ahead we travelled to Forres the night before and stayed in the lovely Springfield B&B. We met up with Denis Dingwall a retired Forres resident who had contacted us through the website. Denis had kindly ‘reccied’ a route round the west side of Findhorn Bay and joined us on the days walk to Nairn. We set off from Forres in fine weather, crossing the A96 at the roundabout into Greshop Industrial Estate, walking on the minor road between the sawmill and AJS Engineering under the railway line. From here we followed a track into the woods and onto the bridge over the river Findhorn at Broom of Moy. At this point there is a choice of following the quiet minor roads to Earnhill Farm or Denis’s much nicer ‘anglers paths’. (If you would like a detailed description of this route please contact me at the website)From Earnshill Farm we walked by minor road passed Kincorth House, Wellside Farm and then on a well defined path passed Binsness to Findhorn Bay. We walked at the waters edge round the west side of the bay to the sandbank at the mouth where a pod of seals we basking in the sun. From here we walked along the beach at the edge of Culbin Forrest. Approximately a mile along the beach we made a detour into the forest and made our way to the Hill 99 viewpoint, a tower which rises above the trees giving great views of the area. We then made our way on forest paths back to the beach walking westward passed the many wooden posts sticking out of the marshes and sand (remnants of the World War Two anti glider defences). Walking on we passed the Bar, a long finger of land which sticks out into the sea and on to the lovely dunes east of Nairn. From here we had lovely views across to the Black Isle and the mouth of the Cromarty Firth. We walked into Nairn through the caravan park and harbour.
Summary; A very enjoyable days walking with mixed scenery on mostly flat terrain although quite hard going at times on the sand. Denis’s off road route round FindhornBay was lovely and got the day off to a good start.
Highs; The weather was excellent if at times a bit warm, which made our arrival beer even more enjoyable. The beaches and Culbin forest view point were tremendous.
Lows; None really.
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