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During World War II, the main threat to the Morayshire area was enemy gliders landing behind the defence lines. Long, wooden poles stood upright along the coastline to prevent them from landing easily.

Today along the shores of Culbin, you can see the remains of the anti-glider poles, sticking out from the sea.

All along the Moray coast are remains of World War II anti-invasion defences. The Culbin area was not as strongly defended as the coast further east at Lossie and Roseisle, however, due to its proximity to these defences and those along the Cromarty coastline to the north.

In addition, while the sands looked like the ideal place to land, the sea currents were dangerous. Culbin Sands was used as one of the practice sites for British troops to prepare for the D-Day landings in Normandy; men died during these exercises.

Margot Henderson shares a tale about Culbin.

    The curse of Culbin (mp3)
    The curse of Culbin transcript (pdf 336k)

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