03 August 2022Photo Festival and Cream Tea 27th August
Join us on Saturday 27th August to view the beautiful photographs entered into the 2022 Black Isle Photographic Competition. Hear hints and tips on taking great photographs and applaud the prize winners. Children can have fun on the Photo Scavenger Hunt in the hall garden and everyone can enjoy a yummy cream tea.
Tickets are limited so buy yours now online (see home page) or from the Culbokie Spar.
12 April 2022AGM Recording - Now Available
You can view the recording of the 2022 AGM below. If you have any follow up question or wish to get involved please don't hesitate to get in touch.
05 April 2022Launch of Black Isle Photographic Competition 2022
The 2022 Black Isle Photographic Competition is now open. Everyone is welcome to enter, regardless of age, equipment or level of experience in photography.
The theme for 2022 is ‘My Beautiful Black Isle’. Think about what you find beautiful in the Black Isle and reach for your phone or camera and get snapping ! Further information, rules and entry form ….
30 March 2022Glascairn Tree Planting Article
The Ross-shire Journal produced an excellent article on the recent tree planting day at Glascairn. The article has some excellent photos of the schoolchildren and volunteers and their efforts. You can see a PDF of the article here.
06 March 2022CCT AGM March 28th
The CCT AGM will be held on Monday 28th March at 7pm in Culbokie Church Centre. It will also be possible to attend this event via Zoom. We are very keen to recruit new Board members so please consider putting yourself forward. We can utilise a wide variety of skills and people who can link us to different parts of the community. A brief description of the role of a Board member and a nomination form is available by contacting the membership secretary on 01349 877068 or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Each nominee must be proposed by two other members and we can help to arrange this. The closing date for nominations is Monday 21st March 2022.
Immediately after the AGM there will be a talk:
‘Heart of Culbokie - our vision for Glascairn and for a resilient community’.
The talk will last about twenty minutes, followed by time for questions and comments. This presentation, led by CCT Directors, will outline the longer term benefits of the changes which are currently being implemented in the village.
Both meetings are open to members and non-members. If you would like to attend remotely then please send an e-mail to: email@example.com and we will send you the joining instructions. We hope many of you are able to join us to review another difficult year and look forward to the future.
01 March 2022On your bike - Couch to 20km in 6 weeks
The Culbokie Community Cycle Club is running it's popular Couch to 20km plan this Spring, after a first successful run in 2021. There are still one or two places available - all you need to participate is enthusiasm, a working bike and a few hours a week for 6 weeks.
The programme is organised over six sessions,developing strength and fitness as well as confidence and skills on the bike, and includes:
- A led ride on a weekday evening, with two ride leaders and four participants.
- After a couple of days recovery, a self-led ride to practise the skills developed on the led rides
- An additional exercise or activity of your choice
And if you are concerned that your bike needs some basic maintenance before taking it out on the road, we are even offering to check it over for you in advance!
Find out more:
The programme will run from end March to mid May, day and time (evening) for the led rides to be agreed by the participants.
Email us if you are interested in participating.
You would need to be a member of the Club to participate - for details of how to join (free), go to: www.culbokiect.org/culbokiecommunitycycleclub.asp
The course is aimed at anyone who would like to improve their fitness, bike skills and confidence on the road and the bike - hopefully you will feel fitter, healthier and be well on the way to becoming a regular cyclist – and enjoying it!
It was great to get positive feedback from a previous Couch to 20km participant:
“The programme was excellent, well thought out and nicely paced. I feel so much more confident in cycling and testing my limits. Hills are not as frightening as they were. I intend cycling as much as possible for local trips in preference to driving - which was always my goal. Well done everyone, it was no mean feat!”
13 February 2022Quiz Night
Come along to our next Quiz Night sponsored by Cairn Housing Association. Should be fun - and hopefully we'll raise a bit of money to support our work in culbokie too!
03 February 2022Funding for Culbokie Green
We are delighted to announce that CCT has been awarded a grant of £25,392.66 from the Rural Communities Ideas into Action Fund. This generous grant will allow us to install an outdoor table tennis table, natural play equipment, fencing, signage and other items. We will also be installing benches on site with funding from the Gordon & Ena Baxter Fund. We are looking forward to seeing the Culbokie Green take shape as these items are installed.
We are excited by the prospect of seeing these items on site and Culbokie Green will be sown, by Tulloch Homes, with a wildflower seed mix in Spring. This will need some time to establish before the area is ready for use and we hope it will set the village a-buzz. We hope to involve pupils from Culbokie Primary School in some tree planting (funding from the Highland Coastal Communities Fund) in March. The children are also working on creating some bee hotels for the village.
This project is supported by the Rural Communities Ideas into Action fund, supported by the Scottish Government and delivered by Inspiring Scotland to encourage and support innovative approaches to community-led local development in rural communities across Scotland.
31 December 20212022 Black Isle Calendars - reduced in price
The remaining calendars have been reduced in price. See the homepage to buy online at the bargain price of £5 each. Also available at Culbokie Spar, North Kessock Spar, the Cheese Shop Cromarty and the Culbokie Indoor Market while stock lasts.
19 December 2021Culbokie Christmas Tree Trail
The Christmas Tree Trail through Culbokie woods is now open. Download your map or pick one up from the Culbokie Spar and see if you can spot all eight trees. The trail is quite long this year but it splits neatly into two sections.
15 November 2021Funding for Benches for Culbokie Green
CCT is delighted to thank the Gordon and Ena Baxter Fund for funding for 9 timber benches to go on Culbokie Green. These have been commissioned from Craobh Woodwork, a brilliant small business based in the village next door to the Church Centre. We're looking forward to being able to sit and enjoy the fabulous views over Ben Wyvis.
29 October 2021Are crime thrillers your 'thing'?
If you enjoy reading a good crime thriller then you will want to hear the award winning writer Neil Lancaster talk about his latest book 'Dead Man's Grave'. Saturday 13th November in Findon Hall. Ticket available from Culbokie Spar on online.
23 September 2021Winners announced of 2021 Black Isle Photographic Competition
We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 Black Isle Photographic competition. Thanks to all who entered the competition and to Tulloch Homes for sponsoring the prizes. All profits will go towards the Culbokie Green.
'Black Isle harvest time' by David Greer
(First prize, Adult category)
23 September 2021New booklet: 'The Creation of Culbokie Lockdown Quilt'
Available now: a full colour booklet telling the story of the community quilt made during the summer lockdown of 2020. Buy online, at the Culbokie Spar or view the quilt panels and buy the booklet at the Culbokie Indoor Market held on the third Saturday of every month in Findon Hall, 10-12pm. Next market: 16th October.
13 September 2021We have Planning Consent
We're delighted to announce that we've received planning consent for the Village Hub and Culbokie Green in September. In the aerial view below you can see the proposed new cafe with the red roof and the toilet block/ potting shed with the dark roof. Beyond you can see parts of the new Green. CCT will now be working hard to put the funding package in place to bring the Village Hub to reality. Meanwhile, work will begin on Culbokie Green over the winter.
23 August 2021Highland Archaeological Festival 25th Sept. - 15th Oct.
Copies of the event guide are in the Sharing Shed.
30 July 2021Active Travel Route Consultation - Report
Thanks to everyone who responded to the recent CCT consultation on our developing plans for an Active Travel Route through Culbokie. We were delighted to see that the great majority agreed with our proposals, and we also welcomed some really useful suggestions to improve the plans - which, as far as possible, we'll integrate into the next stage. This will lead to technical plans, which can then be used to put the construction work out to tender. We will also be working closely with The Highland Council over the next weeks and months. They have already said they support the plans in general terms, and now we need to ensure they are comfortable with the details, and agree to formally adopt the new infrastructure.
Our contacts at Sustrans have produced a summary of the consultation results, including more details about how we are responding to the comments.
For anyone who has missed the details of what is planned, there is more information available on the CCT website.
25 June 2021Draw for Virtual Treasure Hunt
If you bought a 'location' for our Virtual Treasure Hunt you may want to come along to the Culbokie Market in Findon Hall carpark tomorrow (26th June) to witness the draw. You may be the lucky winner of the £50 gift voucher for Munro's Nurseries, Munlochy. Follow this link for full details of the Treasure Hunt.
Thanks to all those you bought tickets.
01 June 2021Glascairn Planning Application Out to Consultation
The Glascairn planning application is now available on the Highland Council planning portal for consultation. CCT has consulted the community at every stage of the development of this project so we don't think there are any big suprises in the application. We'd encourage everyone living in the area to take a look and, if you like what you see, please register your support. There is also an opportunity for public comment on matters of 'material planning consideration'. We'd welcome views of this nature from anyone in the area.
30 May 2021Black Isle Photographic Competition 2021
Time to get your cameras out, this year’s photographic competition is now open for entries. We are delighted to annouce Tulloch Homes is sponsoring the competition and there will be cash prizes for all three categories. This year’s theme ‘Food and Drink of the Black Isle’ gives great scope for subject matter such as the landscape, sea, local markets, food producers, cafes, breweries and lots more, just make sure it has a clear Black Isle association. Your entry may be selected for next year’s Black Isle Calendar.
23 May 2021History of Culbokie pages
Please check "History recent additions " page as there have been several additions.
21 May 2021IMF Local Plan - CCT Comments
CCT has submitted comments on the draft Inner Moray Firth Local Development Plan. You can view our comments here.
09 May 2021Active Travel Route consultation
Once again we're looking for your views on our plans to make Culbokie safer and more pleasant for people walking, cycling and using wheelchairs, buggies and mobility scooters.
We have already consulted about the elements of the route, including reduced speed limits, traffic calming, and footpaths on both sides of the road, throughout the village. There have been a few developments to those so we'd like to know what you think about them. Also, this time we are particularly interested in what can be done to make some of the existing public spaces in the village more welcoming - to complement the measures to make things safer.
If you'd rather give us your thoughts face-to-face, we'll be at the market in the Findon Hall car park on Saturday 15th May, from 10.00 to 11.00 am - and by popular request we've added another session there on 22nd May, same time, same place.
08 April 2021North Highland Initiative supports Glascairn Community Project
CCT is thrilled to have received support from North Highland Initiative for work to refresh the Feasibility Study and Business Plan for the Glascairn Community Project by consultancy firm Alan Jones Associates. These documents were first prepared in 2014 and although the project remains very much as originally intended - to create a new heart to the village - these documents are no longer sufficiently current to provide a firm foundation to build on. The main changes have arisen due to a gradual refining of the plan as more information has become available and the involvement of Tulloch Homes and Cairn Housing resulting in a change in the delivery plan and a significant reduction of costs.
We would like to thank the North Highland Initiative for their help at this crucial stage.
02 April 2021Glascairn Planning Application Submitted
CCT is delighted to announce that yesterday we submitted a planning application for the Glascairn Community Hub along with detailed designs for the village green . The designs reflect all the fantastic ideas that have been submitted by the community over the many years gestation of the project. The buildings reflect the traditional agricultural feel of the surrounding area and we've taken a naturalistic approach to the open spaces.
The building designs were drawn up by LDN Architecture working hand in hand with Horner and MacLennan Landscape Designers who drew up plans for the village green. We were also assisted by engineering firm Cameron and Ross. We'd like to thank all these firms for going the extra mile for us.
Once the planning application has been registered we will provide a link to the planning portal with all the details and instructions for making comments. Meanwhile you can have a look at some visuals for the building design and the plan for the village green by clicking on the highlinted links.
29 March 2021EGM on Tuesday 30th March - All members welcome
There will be a short Extraordinary General Meeting of Culbokie Community Trust to approve the annual accounts to June 2020.
The EGM is scheduled for 7.00 pm on Tuesday 30th March and will be held remotely via Zoom.
Approval of the Accounts is contingent upon at least 15 of the Ordinary Membership being present remotely or by advance-signed proxy, and at least 75% voting in its favour. Obviously the greater the number who attend, the more confident the Board will be in approving the accounts.
Please email for details of how to join the Zoom meeting firstname.lastname@example.org
Please make a special effort to attend at this meeting.
26 March 2021Community Sharing Shed
Open every day 0900-1800 and to 2000 on Wed
- Lots of food and household items
- Toys and games
- Books and DVDs and more
- Craft Items
- Plants and garden produce
- gardening - small equipment items
Please have a look, bring and/or take items – please deposit any donated items in the boxes behind the shed. Items in date and No clothing/material please.
Everyone is welcome to make use of the shed
There is now a box in Culbokie Spar for food donations such as tea, coffee, biscuits, sugar, pasta, jam, soup etc. Please donate if you can.
Thanks to everyone for their support
Funded by: Black Isle Partnership and Ferintosh Community Council
14 February 2021Lockdown Cycling Challenge
At the moment, Covid-19 restrictions mean that all group activities have been put on hold, but as a bit of fun we've devised our Lockdown Cycle Challenge - a list of 21 local places for people to visit by bike (although some are close enough to walk to, and there are a few where it's best to leave the bike for the last bit of the route). We've also produced a map to help you plan your trips. Email us to let us know how you get on!
21 December 2020Christmas Tree Trail
Local volunteers and pupils at Culbokie Primary School have made lots of environmentally friendly Christmas tree decorations and they’ve been used to decorate eight trees in Culbokie Wood. Your task is to find them.
To help you we’ve produced a map. You can download it as a PDF document from the link below and then view it on a phone or tablet or print it.
This challenge is aimed at families with primary school aged children but it is a good excuse for anyone to go get some exercise in the woods. You might get some ideas for environmentally friendly decorations for next year.
It’s a bit slippery in there so take care.
The trees will remain decorated until Monday 28th December when all the decorations will be removed.
01 November 20202021 Black Isle Calendars
The stunning 2021 Black Isle Calendars are now available and come in two styles for either sitting on a desk or wall hung. Ideal presents for family and friends or for your own use, the calendars can be ordered online or seek out our stall at the Culbokie Outdoor Market on Saturdays 10am - 11am, in the Findon Hall car park. We can take only cash or cheque at the market, or you can order online and collect at the market. Queries can be emailed to email@example.com.
2021 Black Isle desk calendar: full information and to buy online.
2021 Black Isle wall calendar: full information and to buy online.
15 October 2020Sunflowers for Culbokie
As the nights draw in and the colours change to autumn, it is good to remind ourselves of the summer lockdown Sunflowers for Culbokie, grown from the seeds that the shop kindly distributed. We have created two collages from your photos.
Some told us stories:
"My most advanced sunflower is a late developer – flowering only this week after so many months. Meet Olive Oyl, the sunflower which has always been the tallest, and now finally in flower. Popeye is on her left and further down the line Olive’s siblings Caster Oyl and Crude Oyl.” (Angela - Photo 1.1)
"Here are my pics of Sophie with some of me and her having a love-in.” (Penny - Photo 1.5 and 2.7)
"Here’s a photo of Sebastian. He had a sister, Belle, but she never got out of the ground. Sebastian is about 3 metres tall!” (Martin - Photo 1.6)
“Whose idea was this? Thought I had better take a photo before the next gale arrives. There was a bee in the middle but it flew off just as I got the ladder organised..” (Elaine - Photo 1.10)
“Marianne and Lesley enjoyed sharing their pot. Unlike real life, Marianne grew taller than Leonard but Leonard died first.” (Alison - Photo 2.6)
“My very dark sunflower is out at last. The stem has 12 buds on it so I hope the weather holds to show a few more. ‘Dark Chocolate' would be a good name although ‘Moulin Rouge’ is the correct one.” (Lesley R - Photo 2.9)
Sunflowers have been spotted all over Culbokie in recent weeks; we hope these photos will allow you to enjoy them even after they have faded in the garden.
05 October 2020Cycle Club prepares for winter
The Culbokie Community Cycle Club had a full house of 8 trainees for it Cycle Ride Leader course at the weekend, designed to make sure the club has plenty of qualified ride leaders to run a full programme of group rides through the winter. The course was hosted by Becky Richmond who very kindly let us use the Black Isle Stud barn - thankfully, because it gave us shelter from the continuous rain! It also provided extra entertainment as trainees were joined by horses, geese, a goat, and assorted other animals.
We're grateful to Becky for providing the venue, Tom, our trainer from Cycling Scotland for being so patient with us, and for funding from our "Magic Little Grant" from Localgiving and the Postcode Community Trust.
27 September 2020Culbokie Lockdown Quilt - deadline extended
Following the tightening up of COVID restrictions we have decided to extend the deadline for Culbokie Lockdown Quilt patches to the 31st October.
So there's still plenty time if you haven't made a start on your patch yet. Patches can represent an individual, a group or a business. Join the Facebook group 'Culbokie Lockdown Quilt' and visit our main page for full details.
27 September 2020
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.
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.
- Short-course: 2018A; Distance: 2 km
- Short-course: 2018B; Distance: 2 km (Glascairn)
- Short-course: 2018F; Distance: 2.1 km
- Short-course: 2019B; Distance: 2.5 km
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.