The beach speaks for itself in Cullen. In one direction you have lovely sands and swimming areas and in the other direction you can walk along the rocks and paths as far as you wish (not ideal for buggies). Between the two is the harbour which parents with younger children often prefer because it is quite contained. The harbour is also quite sheltered. Both areas of beach have toilets.
The Moray Coast Cycle Route, linking the main towns of the Moray Coast, makes the most of the views across the Moray Firth, famous for its dolphins. Much of the coastline is wild and unspoilt, and displays a wide variety of animal and plant life.
Permits to fish the Cullen Burn are available from Cullen Tackle Shop, Seafield Street, Cullen, or the Seafield Estate Office, York Place, Cullen.
Opportunities for both surfers and wind surfers are available at nearby Sandend - approx. 5 miles from Cullen.
Next to the caravan site there is a small play park with a football pitch nearby.
Dirt Cycle Track
Adjacent to the Play Park is the Cullen Dirt Cycle Track.
Just out of Cullen heading in the direction of Portsoy you will find the Crannoch Woods which have various different paths suitable for walking. There is a small loch in the centre of the woods. All the walks are clearly posted. Some of the paths are not ideal for prams or buggies.
The Bin Hill offers walks for all abilities. The link below contains maps and more information. http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/moray/bin-of-cullen.shtml
Grounds : Great Kids Park within the grounds.
Admission to Shop and Tearoom on the ground floor is free.
Duff House offers a range of access provisions. A lift to gallery floors is available and wheelchairs can be provided on request. Induction loops for the hard of hearing are available. For up-to-date opening hours and admission prices, please click here.
South Pringle Street, Buckie, Moray, AB56 1PX
Telephone 01542 832841
Contact pool for opening times, these can vary thoughout the holiday season.
Situated next to the Leisure Centre
The skatepark is built in the old Tennis court at Ian Johnston's next to the swimming pool & Buckie Thistle FC. Click here for a map link.
Cooper Park in Elgin offers a play area and park, duck/boating pond and also contains a skate park. The Library and Tourist Information office are also situated in the park.
A small cinema is located in the town centre. www.caledoniancinemas.co.uk
Ten Pin Bowling
Pinz Bowling is situated at 2 Moycroft Industrial Estate, Elgin, Moray IV30 1XZ Telephone: 01343 541444. As well as bowling lanes, it has a soft play area and arcades which include pool tables and air hockey tables. It has a snack bar and a licensed bar. www.pinzbowling.co.uk
Moray Leisure Centre
A swimming pool and ice rink are two of the many facilities at Moray Leisure Centre. Contact the centre or click on the link for more details. Moray Leisure Centre, Borough Briggs Road, Elgin IV30 1AP Tel : 01343 550033; www.moray-leisure-centre.co.uk
This circular walk heads up the side of the Small Burn with the option of taking one of the winding paths through the trees. It then visits the wooden gazebo at Peep's Viewpoint overlooking Fochabers. Click on the link for more information and map. http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/moray/winding-walks.shtml
Baxters is on the other side of Fochabers heading for Elgin. It has a small visitor centre suitable for older children. There is a play park which is safely contained and only accessible from the restaurant. Kids meals and boxes are available in the restaurant and microwaves are available to heat up baby food. www.baxters.com
Christies of Fochabers
Christies Play Garden is renowned for children getting carried away in an afternoon of helter skelters, go-cart races and sunken trampolines, along with gentler swings, ride-on tractors and a froggy slide for the toddlers among us. www.christiesoffochabers.com/play-garden
Tons o' Fun
Tons of Fun can be found at South Bogton, Forglen, Turriff, Aberdeenshire AB53 4LA Telephone: 01888 562515; www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/family-fun/Ton039s_o039_Fun/1664
Play Barn @ Greenfields
This is a soft play facility situated just before you enter Lhanbryde. www.greenfieldsfunfarm.co.uk/The-PlayBarn-at-Greenfields
Macduff Marine Aquarium
Learn about wonderful sea life at one of the best visitor attractions in the North East of Scotland. For up-to-date opening hours and admission prices, please click here. Tickets are VALID ALL DAY so you can come and go as often as you like. RSPB members can visit the aquarium for free on Tuesdays between 1st April and 31st August. Contact the aquarium for details of their special admission rates for groups of 10 or more and carers.
This is a great play park suitable for all ages of children. It is on Garmouth Road which is a right turn off the main road going through Mosstodloch heading toward Elgin. It has picnic tables and a large playing field.
There is a small outdoor pool at the harbour in Portknockie which is great for smaller kids. The pool is fed by the sea so you need to keep an eye on the tides for when the pool will be full.
Situated behind the Station Hotel you will find Loch Soy. You can enjoy a stroll, have a picnic or even fish in and around the small Loch. In the summer months you can be brave and hire a boat. There is a great play area here with some picnic tables.
WDCS Wildlife Centre Spey Bay, Moray IV32 7PJ Telephone: 01343 820339
The Centre is based in a wildlife haven that is home to ospreys, grey and harbour seals, otters, wildfowl and waders. Part of a 450 hectare nature reserve, it is a breathtaking and truly unique part of Scotland. Attractions include: Underwater World experience, in the biggest Ice House in Scotland. Extensive education and outreach programme for children and schools. Walking on the beautiful Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve. Watching otters, ospreys, seals and other local wildlife. Listening to live underwater sound from the sonobuoy and exploring the acoustic exhibition. Spot some of the biggest bottlenose dolphins in the world using binoculars and telescopes. Admission is FREE!
Black Pots Park
This is a small play park next to Whitehills Caravan Site, good picnic place and never very busy.