19 August 2020Volunteer Action Survey Launched

Ferintosh Community Council has recently established a Volunteer Steering Group who are asking as many people as possible, who live in Ferintosh, to fill in a survey so that they can find out where volunteer effort will be most valuable in our community.  CCT is delighted to support this work. The survey is available from the links below.

Volunteer action survey in pdf

Volunteer action survey in word

13 August 2020Culbokie Sharing Shed Consultation

CCT is currently consulting on the a project to establish a Sharing Shed in the village. This would be a place for the free exchange of home grown produce, items of non perishable food, books, DVDs, jigsaws and othere small toys and games. Full details are in our consultation document. Response are required by Sunday 16th August.

07 August 2020Active Travel Route Consultation

Culbokie Active Travel Route

It’s been particularly clear in the last few months, as more people have been walking and cycling, how difficult it is to get around Culbokie without using the main road, and therefore how important it is to make it safer and more attractive for people to walk, cycle, or use disability aids to get around the village.

Towards the end of last year we held a series of consultation events to look at proposals for an Active Travel Route to achieve this, and our consultants have developed their ideas to take account of the feedback they received then, and also the more detailed topographical survey they have commissioned. In a normal year we would have organised another round of consultation events, but these are impossible at present due to Covid-19 restrictions, so we have been working with the consultants to come up with an on-line consultation. We think the presentation gives a good idea of the proposals, but we also realise that some people will prefer to get a chance to speak to the consultants, so we have also organised two online “webinars” where the consultants will present their ideas. There are links to the presentation and the webinars here, and the presentation includes a link to a survey so we can check we’re on the right track – so do please have a look, and let us know your views.

12 July 2020The Culbokie Lockdown Quilt

03 July 2020Orienteering course available again

The Scottish Orienteering Association (with approval from the Scottish Government through Sport Scotland) has approved the use of Permanent Orienteering Courses although it doesn’t look like organised events will be allowed any time soon.

The permanent orienteering course in Culbokie Wood is therefore available for individuals and family groups to use. Here’s a very good video that explains how to use it.


First of all download and print your own map. It shows the location of the 27 control posts that are scattered throughout Culbokie Wood. The simplest idea is to draw a series of straight lines from either of the two start points (S1 or S2), connect up several control posts and finish back at the start. Then go find them. Check the correct number on each post when (and if) you find them.

Don’t try to include every control. Pick maybe six at one end of the wood to start with. Miss an obvious one out here and there. Make another one up tomorrow. Try going round in the opposite direction.

To get you started here are a few maps with relatively easy courses already marked on them.

  1. Short-course: 2018A; Distance: 2 km
  2. Short-course: 2018B; Distance: 2 km (Glascairn)
  3. Short-course: 2018F; Distance: 2.1 km
  4. Short-course: 2019B; Distance: 2.5 km
  5. Short-course: 2019C; Distance: 2.8 km

Please be mindful of other users of the wood. Don’t be running at people who are out for a quiet walk. You don’t have to run everywhere to do orienteering. It is all about map-reading.



30 June 2020Results of the Black Isle Photographic Competition 2020

We are delighted to announce the winning photographs from this year’s Black Isle Photographic Competition.  Full details on the judging and list of prize-winners and commendations are on the main competition page.


13 June 2020Culbokie Quiz Night-In

Our first on-line quiz was a big success with around 35 people participating and it was lovely to see friends and neighbours and sence the buzz. Our second quiz takes place this Sunday at 7.30pm. Places are still available and if you'd like to book contact info@culbokiect.org. This time 5 rounds have been prepared by participants that took part in the last quiz and the rounds will be varied and interesting.

13 June 2020Sunflowers for Culbokie

The CCT have been asking you to grow sunflowers in a prominent sunny position for all to see and to make passers-by smile on their daily walk.  We gave away 103 packets of seeds through the Culbokie Spar shop.  We would love to see your sunflowers as they grow so post your pictures on the CCT Facebook or Twitter sites.  Once they are flowering, there will be a prize for the best sunflower name and for the most imaginative sunflower photo on Facebook.


24 May 2020CCT Organises First Virtual Event - Quiz Night-In

We'd like as many people as possible to join us for our first virtual event - a quiz night with a local flavor devised by our team. Don't expect perfection ... but do expect fun! We can all learn how to do this together.

15 April 2020Fresh hope for Castle Craig

Strictly speaking we can’t claim Castle Craig as part of Culbokie History but it must have played a very significant part. On Saturday 11th April 2020 the Herald ran an article by John-Paul Holden on the castle and plans for its restoration. A link has been created fro the Castle Craig page in the Archaeology and Ancient Sites section of the History pages.

05 April 2020A request for historical information.

A request for information relating to the use of RAF Evanton by the Americans who were launching reconnaissance balloons in 1955 has been placed on the "History recent additions" page.

03 April 2020Draw winner for beautiful, hand-made, wooden box

Originally intended as a public event  at the March Culbokie Community Market, the draw for this beautiful hand-made box was eventually made on Sunday March 29th by Becky and Eilidh Richmond within the confines of their home. The winning ticket, number 6, was purchased by Martin Hill of Maryburgh.  Congratulations to Martin, and our thanks to all who bought tickets.  You can watch the actual draw by clicking this link to the video.

The beautiful box in American Walnut and with ebony handles was made and generously donated by a local resident.  We look forward to presenting it publicly to Martin at an event in the future.  Thanks to everyone who bought tickets and to the resident who donated the box.



28 February 2020Black Isle Photographic Competition 2020 - revised entry deadline

Entries are invited for the 2020 Black Isle Photographic Competition.  We are delighted that despite current restrictions the competition can do ahead however we have extended the entry deadline to 1st June.    For full details on how to enter see main webpage.

20 February 2020Two exciting additions to the History pages!

We have added two new images to the appropriate pages. Both are entries in an autograph book, one of the Findon Hall, by Annie Fowler, Head teacher and one of the school, by Helen (Nell) Fowler, Annie's sister, both dated 1924. We have no idea who Betty was, any ideas?

What other treasures might be found in the autograph book?

12 February 2020Request for help for history of a family living in the area in the 1800's

If you have time please have a look at the request for family information on this page. Please send your suggestions through the history@culbokiect.org from where they will be forwarded.

10 February 2020History of Culbokie pages update

The History Group has recently gained access to photographs relating to a family with historical connections with the village. The allocation to the various categories of the web site is continuing but help is required in learning the Where, Why and Who of the photograph that can be found at https://www.culbokiect.org/index.asp?pageid=707240 The date has been suggested as c1988/89 and it is felt that Frances Fowler, in the wheelchair, was significant to the event. Frances was a former Secretary to the Findon Hall Committee. The Findon Hall page has been updated as a result of these family photographs, which included yet another old picture postcard of the Hall.

A start has been made on posting photographs associated with the Culbokie Football Club, we just need lots more!

10 February 2020Orienteering Event Results

Here are the results for the orienteering event held on Sunday 2nd February 2020. They are displayed as a separate table for each course and listed in start order.

Everyone’s a winner!

Long Score Course

Team Name
Final Score
Resolis Robins


  1. The target time was 1 hour. A penalty point has been given for each minute late.

  2. Points were awarded for each control visited. The more difficult controls were worth 2 points.

Short Score Course

Team Name
Final Score
Iain and Murray
The Misses Macs
Team Lucy


  1. The target time was 45 minutes. A penalty point has been given for each minute late.

  2. Points were awarded for each control visited. The more difficult controls were worth 2 points.

Yellow Course

Team Name
Charlie and his Angel
Green Team
Benny Hill's Band
Team Tyrer


  1. It was possible to visit a maximum of 11 controls.

  2. If “0” is shown in the “Controls” column no punched control slip was received.

09 February 2020Draw tickets on sale for beautiful, hand-made, wooden box


Would you like to own this beautiful hand-made box in American Walnut and with ebony handles?  There will be an opportunity to buy one of the remaining draw tickets for this beautiful hand-made box in American Walnut at the Church Soup Lunch event (12.00 – 1.30pm) at Findon Hall on Saturday February 29th. If you can’t make it, and wish to book a square for £4, please email CCT on info@culbokiect.org . The actual draw will take place at Culbokie Community Market at midday on Saturday March 21st.

Designed and created, and generously donated by a local resident, the box, with two internal layers and several small compartments, can be put to good use for jewellery, collections or even memory keepsakes

30 January 2020Fresh Air on Sunday?

Everything is all set for the orienteering event in Culbokie Wood on Sunday 2nd February. We are hoping for a good turn out.

orienteering event poster

04 January 2020History of Culbokie pages

History Group report January 4th 2020

Further to the discovery of a map showing the residents of Culbokie we have narrowed down the date of its creation to 1976/77. The background to this map and how it lead to the recording of the building of the Schoolcroft housing development can be found from the final paragraph in the “Village Centre” under the “Social History” section of the History pages.

A searchable site map has been created that can be found on the home page of this section.

07 December 2019Last chance to buy 'Images of the Black Isle' 2020 Calendar

A few remaining desk calendars will be on sale at Culbokie Community Market on Saturday, December 21st for £8-50. There is also a chance to snap up calendars that are slightly imperfect, with one or two tiny light marks on the title page, on sale for just £5-00. The 2020 desk calendar, a great choice of gift for a past resident, a fan of the Black Isle, or simply for your own use.

black isle desk calendar flier

02 December 2019Orienteering Event in Culbokie Wood

On 2nd February 2020 there is going to be another fun orienteering event in Culbokie Wood. This year’s theme will be Highland Winter Wildlife.

orienteering in culbokie wood

There will be courses to suit all ages and map-reading abilities with quizzes on the Highland Winter Wildlife theme to test your brains even further.

Come along to the Playing Field Carpark. Staggered starts between 11:30am and 1:30pm. Just turn up between these times. No booking required.

Remember last year’s event?

You can download a general purpose orienteering map for Culbokie Wood plus instructions.

More details will be posted in due course. Contact orienteering@culbokiect.org for more information.


27 November 2019Great community support for village green proposals

CCT held a drop in consultation event on 21st November which was attended by over 75 people. We were consulting on our proposals for the village green and community hub at Glascairn and on the work being done to explore the feasibility of an active travel route through the village and out to the A9.

Some very compressed images of our proposals for the village green are available including a plan of the proposals and some sectional images. I'm sorry the quality is poor but please contact info@culbokiect if you want to see the originals. Twenty six individuals completed a questionnaire and we have prepared a report of the responses.

The plans were drawn up by landscape consultants Horner and MacLennan drawing on ideas put forward by the community in 2018 so its not suprising that an overwhleming 88% supported the proposals. We were also delighted to see that 80% of those reponding thought they would use the village green and over 30% thought they'd like to be involved with its evolution and long term management.

14 October 2019Quiz night 9th November - register your team

A Quiz Night will be held on Saturday 9th November in Findon Hall, 7 for 7.30.  This is designed to be fun for everyone with questions to suit all tastes! Register your team of four at event@culbokiect.org or ask to be matched up with others to form a team.  The entry fee is £20 per team and will be collected on the night.  BYOB to add to the fun; tea, coffee and home baking available in the interval.


22 September 2019Culbokie School photograph for 1952

Our thanks go to Jane Mackenzie, who, once again has come up trumps with the names for the pupils in the most recent school photograph that was submitted by Sally Falconer and can be viewed here.  

25 August 2019Tickets now on sale for an evening with Sir John Lister-Kaye

The CCT are delighted that Sir John Lister-Kaye will be coming to Culbokie on 5th October to entrance us with tales from his life as a Highland naturalist. Many of you will already be familiar with the fantastic work done at the Aigas Field Centre where Sir John is both founder and Director or been captivated by one of his many highly acclaimed books about encounters with wild creatures.  

Tickets are available to buy at the Culbokie shop, book online using PayPal or reserve by emailing event@culbokiect.org.


19 August 2019Design Commissioned for Village Green at Glascairn

Work will start in earnest over the next few weeks to draw up a final design for the new Village Green at Glascairn. Following competitive tendering, Inverness based firm Horner and MacLennan has been commissioned by CCT to undertake this work which will be led by landscape architect Katherine Wolfe.

The designs for the site will be based on ideas that were brought forward through the community consultation that took place in 2018/9. The general idea is that the village green should not only look beautiful but it should also be attract different types of people to use the space and encourage chance encourers and social interactions. Ideas on the table at the moment are paths, seating and biodiversity rich planting, a kid zone, a defined gathering space, a community orchard and herb garden, a table tennis nook and a hardstanding for local traders.

Further consultation is planned during October to get community feedback before final plans are drawn up. Details will be announced here as soon as possible.


20 June 2019Housing Surgery

Come along to Culbokie Community Trust's Housing Surgery to discuss your housing needs with housing agents and developers and find out more about the Glascairn Community Project.

As you will be aware, the Glascairn site now has Planning Permission in Principle for the development of our community site which includes six houses. We are working with Cairn Housing, Tulloch Homes, Highland Small Communities Housing Trust and Highland Housing Alliance to develop the housing element of the community site. In order to do this and to ensure that the development reflects the needs of our community, we are jointly organising a housing event in Findon Hall on 1 July. There will be an opportunity to come along and learn more about what is planned and also to have a one-to-one chat with housing agents. We would strongly urge you to come along to this event, especially if you or someone in your household has a housing need.

Find our more - full details, view the programme, find out how to book a one-to-one appointment.

07 June 2019Castle Craig excavation - June 2019

Begins 7th June and runs for 4 weeks.

Some of you will have heard that an American archaeologist, Connie Rodriguez, conducted an initial superficial dig at the Castle Craig site on the Black Isle last year. She brought some American students with her. Together they cleared some trenches in a courtyard to the side of the scheduled castle. She’s planning to come back again this year and is asking for help – both to clear the vegetation at the start of the dig (June 7-9) and then with the dig itself in the four weeks after that. If you’d like to help out, do contact her directly: castlecraigproject@gmail.com. More information about the project is on the project’s FB page: https://tinyurl.com/y5jfgr5z

06 June 2019A Successful Spring Celebration

Our most recent CCT event, a Spring Celebration, was well-supported, with visitors enjoying a delicious cream tea while listening to live music, viewing photo competition entries and keeping an eye on bidding for a variety of lots in the Silent Auction.  Thank you to the generous donors of lots for the silent auction and to Tulloch Homes, sponsors of the Photographic Competition. Over £1,150 was raised for the Glascairn Community Project.

This year, for the first time, there has been a Photographic Competition with the focus purely on the Black Isle and the standard of entries was truly impressive. You can view a selection of the entries.

Following the success of the first Black Isle Photographic Competition, plans are already underway for 2020. Watch this space!

06 June 2019Orienteering Results

Well it was a horribly wet day yesterday for the primary children’s orienteering event but everyone who took part ignored the weather and had a great time in the woods. Some even went out twice.

Score Course

1st Daisy & Callum Resolis 13 points (in 43 minutes)
2nd Penny & Freya Culbokie 10 points (in 38 minutes)
3rd Cara & Ava Culbokie 10 points (in 41 minutes)

White Course

1st Daisy & Callum Resolis 20 minutes
2nd Daniel & Euan Culbokie 33 minutes
3rd John & Christina Culbokie 61 minutes

Thanks to the many volunteers made this possible.


31 May 2019Children's Orienteering Event - 5th June


We're now all ready for this event. Download detailed information and a parental consent form which you should fill in and bring along.

Children from primary schools all over the Black Isle will be taking part in an orienteering event in Culbokie Wood on Wed 5th June. The event is a partnership between CCT and High Life Highland working through the Active Schools Officer at Fortrose Academy.

Children from Culbokie, Resolis, Avoch, Munlochy and Cromarty Primary Schools have been invited to take part. Young leaders from Fortrose Academy will be helping organise the event along with CCT volunteers and Culbokie parents. Courses of varying difficulty will cater for all levels of experience. All participants will need to be accompanied to the event by a responsible adult.

We're looking forward to a great afternoon.

14 March 2019Makeover for Members Newsletter

Our members newsletter is sent out monthly to all CCT members and associate members. Our thanks go to Cindy Reeves for helping us to create a new look and to make the newsletter much more professional by allowing us to embed images into the news stories. The screenshot below gives you a little preview.


To join CCT and receive our newsletter, go to the Support Us section and find a membership form. Membership is free.

28 February 2019Step into Spring … with our Four-In-One Spring Celebration

The Spring Celebration event will take place from 3.00 to 6.00pm on Saturday April 27th, offering four highlights: the display of all entries to the Black Isle Photographic Competition, live flute music by Mike and Babs Crocker, a Silent Auction and a luxury cream tea.  To help us with our planning, tickets for the cream tea will be available from the Spar shop or from event@culbokiect.org. If supplies allow, there will also be an opportunity to buy a cream tea on the day. However, we would strongly advise buying or reserving your cream  tea tickets in advance. Entry to the exhibition is £2 on the door. All welcome.

24 February 2019Orienteering Photos from Rabbie Burns Special Event

We're delighted to share the photographs that were taken by Martin Sherring and Julie Shortreed at the  Rabbie Burns Special event in January. Thank you all for being so generous in giving us permission to use them.

28 January 2019Orienteering Results - 27th Jan Rabbie Burns Special

Well done to all the teams who took part in the Rabbie Burns Special Orienteering event. Here are the results if you want to find out how your team did.


23 January 2019Orienteering fun event (Rabbie Burns Special)

Sunday 27 January 2019

Suitable for anyone who can crawl, walk or run over rough ground and read a map. Come along to the Playing Field Carpark. Staggered starts between 12 noon and 2pm. Just turn up between these times. No booking required.

Compete as an individual, as a family or in a team with friends. Give your team a ‘Rabbie’ name if you wish!
Suggested entry donation of £2 towards equipment and course maintenance.

Get a general purpose orienteering map for Culbokie Wood plus instructions at the shop or the school or download one. Complimentary ‘Rabbie’ refreshments.

Contact: orienteering@culbokiect.org

10 December 2018Consultation on Public Open Space at Glascairn - your responses

During September and early October 2018 we are consulting on our ideas for the public open space that makes up part of the Culbokie Community Hub project. Read our report on what you said in the consulation and our responses.

15 November 2018Culbokie Woods Work Party

Come and join the 1st December Work Party - and take away a Christmas Tree

december 2018 work partyHelp clear invading spruce from the pine glades in Glascairn Woods and earn yourself a free Christmas tree.

25 August 2018Community Orienteering - inaugural event

Community Orienteering event

An inaugural community orienteering event was held on Saturday 25th August.  The emphasis was on having fun and taking part rather than winning. This was an event for families, young people and groups - in fact anyone who wants to enjoy the outdoors, try some navigation and meet up with others in the community - with a little gentle competition thrown in. 


Thank you and well done to everyone who came along to our 'Come and Try It' Orienteering Event. We hope you all had lots of fun. Read our report (Word docx) about the event and view the final results (PDF). A selection of photos are available on our Orienteering page.

01 May 2018Culbokie Challenge 2018

The Culbokie Challenge 2018

All locals are invited to take part in the Culbokie Challenge in May/June 2018, to help raise money for the Culbokie Community Hub at Glascairn.

YOU decide what your challenge will be. You get friends and family, from far and wide, to sponsor you to complete it.

Your challenge can be anything you want; it’s best if it is something that you’ll feel good about doing and will enjoy doing.

You can do it on your own or in a team, with friends or family.

Find out more about The Culbokie Challenge 2018.

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