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Cullen Bay and Portknockie

(Time: approx. 2 hrs)

Start point is at Golf Club Car Park. Walk along the beach, passing a large red sandstone rock on your left. At the end of the beach walk around the rocks on the path until you reach Jenny's Well. Continue up steps. The Whale's Mouth - a slanted arch of rock - is on your right. Carry on to the top where there is a seat and viewpoint. Take the path to the right to The Bow Fiddle Rock - another slanted geological feature.

For safety reasons, keep to the path: there is a sheer drop. Look for yellowhammers, skylarks, linnets and stonechats. The surrounding heather is studded with clumps of harebells and clover, which attract butterflies. Owing to the clear unpolluted air of the Moray Firth, there are stunning views to be had, to the North, East and West. Many different species of seabirds are resident here.

Return to the main path, coming out at the garages. Take the road to the right, and continue along the front until you come to a sharp bend going left, and overlooking the harbour.

On your right, at a lower level, is the New Monument - a cairn erected in memory of the men and boys who were lost at sea.

Walk along Harbour Terrace for about 100 yds (92m). Turn left by the large wooden pole carrying cables, up Harbour Place, which leads you through the old village up to the Church of Scotland - on your right. Here, turn left on to Church Street (the main road). Walk on - past the War Memorial, on your left. Fork left just before you reach the Bus Stop. Pass a house named 'Mizpah' on your left, then cross over to the right and onto the Cycle Track for Cullen.

At the stile opposite Cullen Bay Hotel, come off the track and onto the path through the Golf Course. Pass the Three Kings Rocks and return to Car Park.

Local Walks


Site of former Salmon Bothy

Site of former Salmon Bothy

Cullen Bay

Cullen Bay

Cullen House & Cullen Auld Kirk

Cullen House & Cullen Auld Kirk

Giant's Steps Walk

Giant's Steps Walk

Sunnyside Beach and Findlater Castle

Sunnyside Beach and Findlater Castle

Crannoch Wood Walk

Crannoch Wood Walk

Bin Hill

Bin Hill

Crannoch Hill Walk

Crannoch Hill Walk

Cullen Bay and Portknockie

Cullen Bay and Portknockie

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