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Cullen House & Cullen Auld Kirk

(Time: approx. 1-2hrs)

{Note: The grounds are open from 1.30pm - 4.30pm on Tuesdays and Fridays.}

From the Square, walk up Grant Street and enter the grounds by the main gates. Follow the avenue for about three-quarters of a mile (1.2 km) until you come to Cullen House.

This building, dating from 1602 - has been extended over the centuries. Between 1982 and 1985, it was converted into separate private dwellings, but in 1987 a serious fire destroyed part of the building.  This has now been fully restored.

At the fork in the road, go right, walking alongside the house until you can see the fine West Bridge constructed over the Cullen Burn in 1774. Retrace your steps to the junction and slightly to the right can be seen Cullen Auld Kirk with signage showing 'Church of Scotland - Historic Scottish Kirk'. Access to the church grounds can be gained via the brown door set in the wall. Cullen Auld Kirk is a grand example of a pre-Reformation kirk - one of few still in regular use after 700 years. In the year 1327, King Robert the Bruce of Scotland endowed a chaplaincy in memory of his wife - Elizabeth de Burgh - who died on a visit to Cullen.

Leave the Kirk via the metal gates, walking up the slope - walled on both sides. On the left is the Dower House - the home of the Earl of Seafield. At the top of this slope, turn left and follow the metalled road all the way to the crossroads just past the Primary School. Turn left and continue down South Deskford Street to the junction with Grant Street.

The walk may be done clockwise by starting in Grant Street, going via South Deskford Street, and then turning right into Old Church Road.

The road surface is good. Trainers or shoes will be adequate.

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This project was part-financed by the scottish goverment and the european community moray leader 2007-2017 programme.