Cormorants, Gannets, Guillemots, Herons, Osprey, Peregrine Falcons and Red Kites are just some of the fascinating birds you can see around the Moray Firth. The RSPB reserve at Culbin Forest is visited by a variety of elegant waders and water-birds. Common scoters, teal, linnets and bar-tailed godwits can all be spotted along the shoreline or in the marram grass. Entry to the reserve is free, though donations are welcomed, and there is free parking at the entrance, 1.5 miles east of Nairn.

Culbin is well worth a visit even for those with only a passing interest in birdlife. The protected habitats of the reserve are home to a range of wonderful flora and fauna, including red squirrels, dingy skipper and small blue butterflies, as well as dune plants and fungi. And the anti-glider poles installed on the beach in 1940 are an intriguing and atmospheric monument to the Second World War.