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Cullen Bay

(Time: approx. 1 1/2 hrs)

(This is a circular walk, which includes the cliff tops near Portknockie and Cullen Beach.)

From the Square, walk up Grant Street, turn second right into North Deskford Street and continue down to the end. Just before the steps there is a tarred incline up onto the pathway - which used to be the old railway line. Go up here then turn left and walk along to the old eight-arch railway viaduct. From here you have a wonderful view across the bay to the hills of Caithness and Sutherland.

You may see dolphins at play in Cullen Bay.  Watch out for other wildlife as you walk along.

Follow the path along past Cullen Golf Course - on your right - for about three-quarters of a mile (1.2 km) until you reach a bridge over the path. Take the path upwards to the right; at the top, turn right, then go with the left fork along the clifftop until you reach a seat near some steps that lead downwards to the shore. As you descend, look to the left, where a slanted arched rock formation - the Whale's Mouth - can be seen. Travel on along the seaside path.

You will then pass Jenny's Well, where clear fresh water still flows, and wild flowers abound. Soon after passing Preacher's Cave you arrive at Cullen's popular sandy beach. Enjoy your walk along here, passing the group of rocks known as the Three Kings, and then the Golf Clubhouse. From there, walk forward over the small bridge spanning the Cullen Burn, continuing through the historic Seatown and then up to Cullen Square.

Good walking shoes are recommended.

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.