Walk: Findlater Castle - at your peril
|[Looking back to tiny Sandend village and its beautiful bay]|
There isn't much left of Findlater Castle: just a few precarious walls and vaults threatening to collapse into the sea at any moment. Coastal erosion aside, it was obviously once a formidable defensive location, surrounded by vertical cliffs on three sides and with a stone causeway complete with double drawbridge on the remaining landward edge. Paths do lead out onto the headland but you can get a good view from the main path without risking life and limb too. It's just one part of this wonderfully scenic stretch of coastline: the first half mainly on clifftop paths, the second often running around rocky bays below the cliffs. The route is bookended by two of the north-east's most picturesque fishing villages, with tiny Sandend at the start contrasting massively with bustling Cullen.
Name: Walk: Findlater Castle - at your peril ★★★☆☆
Length: 7 km / 4 miles
Ascent: 150 metres
Points of interest: Sandend; Findlater Castle; Cullen (viaduct, village, harbour, bay)
Start: A98 at the minor road junction for Sandend, G.R.: NJ 554656 / cello pretty quack. N.B. This is not a circular route.
Finish: The Square, Cullen, G.R.: NJ 512671 / zoos define owls
Transport to start: Park at the finish and take the bus along the coast to the start (frequent, but check times in advance).
Route: Start - Sandend - Findlater Castle via coast path - Cullen via coast path
Terrain: Mostly clear coastal path but with some rough or faint sections, sometimes close to cliff edges. Vertical drops and unstable ruins (with drops into underground vaults) right next to the very rough path if you venture out to the castle itself.
Wildlife today: Rock pool life, seabirds. This is a good area to spot dolphins.
Weather today: Sunny, humid and calm with temperatures in high teens.
>> see Cullen post for Cullen ★★★☆☆; Cullen Bay ★★★☆☆
>> see Sandend post for Sandend ★★☆☆☆; Sandend Bay ★★★☆☆
|[Cullen & Cullen Bay]|
Route credit: Scotland off the beaten track