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Places of interest in and around Cullen

North East 250 Touring Route

The ultimate road trip to the heart of Scotland, the North East 250 is Scotland’s newest tourist driving route.

Consisting of a 250 mile circular route, the North East 250 takes you through Speyside, the Cairngorms, Royal Deeside, Aberdeen, the East Coast and the Moray Coast including Cullen.

Through each of these sectors you can explore everything for which Scotland is famous, whether that be whisky, golf, mountains, nature or history and heritage, to name a few.

Whether you’re arriving from near or far, you won’t be disappointed as you explore the castles, wildlife, coastal villages, stunning beaches, golf courses, mountains, forests, distilleries, and everything else the heart of Scotland has to offer.

Cullen Beach

Cullen's long-standing popularity with holidaymakers is based on its fine long sandy beach, awarded the EU flag in 2003 for clean bathing water.

Cullen Harbour

Thomas Telford designed harbour (for more information, see History and Heritage - Cullen).

Cullen House and Grounds/Cullen Auld Kirk

See noticeboard at Grant Street gates (for more information, see History and Heritage - Cullen).

Cullen Viaducts

Fine example of Victorian architecture (for more information, see History and Heritage - Cullen)

Deskford Auld Kirk

3 miles from Cullen on Keith road (for more information, see History and Heritage - Deskford).

Findlater Castle

Ruined stronghold on coastal crag (for more information, see History and Heritage - Cullen).

Giant's Steps

On the coastal footpath between Cullen and Sunnyside Beach (see Local Walks), this flight of steps was rebuilt single-handedly by local man Tony Hetherington using only two basic tools and muscle power. During the six months taken to complete this task, Tony observed a vow of silence. A cairn in Tony's memory (tragically killed in a canoeing accident in 1993) has been erected close to the steps.

Mercat Cross

Set in Cullen Square (for more information, see History and Heritage - Cullen).

Millennium Garden

Situated on the east side of Cullen Square, adjacent to the War Memorial, the Millennium Garden was created to commemorate the year 2000.

Sunnyside Beach

Located to the east of Cullen, Sunnyside Beach can be accessed from Findlater Castle car park - a short walk from there to the beach. It can also be reached by walking the coastal path east from Cullen Harbour (see Local Walks).


The picturesque Seatown with its colourful painted houses and twisting lanes dates in part from the 17th Century. The village specialised in the export of smoked haddock and, at one time, had three large curing houses.

The Pet Cemetery

On the coastal path east from Cullen Harbour, you will find the Pet Cemetery nestling in the shelter of the brae - a scenic resting place for cherished pets, cared for by a local man.

The Temple of Fame

Constructed in 1822, the Temple of Fame is visible from the viaduct, but is not reachable on foot. In the lower part of the building is a wood-panelled room used by the Seafield family as a changing room when they bathed on Cullen beach. When the present road was constructed, a tunnel was created below the road to create private access.

Three Kings Rocks

Near Golf Clubhouse And let's not forget that the Moray Firth between Cullen and Findhorn is home to one of only two resident populations of bottle-nosed dolphins in Britain. The estimated number is about 129. On a sunny summer day, walkers on the cliff tops can be almost sure to see a group of dolphins leaping and playing, sometimes quite near to the shore. They are a protected species and sensitive to disturbance, so enjoy these beautiful creatures, but respect them.

Directions to Cullen

This project was part-financed by the scottish goverment and the european community moray leader 2007-2018 programme.