Findlater Castle

Aberdeenshire | Sandend | Castle | ★★

[Findlater Castle]

There isn't much left of Findlater Castle: just a few precarious walls and vaults threatening to collapse into the sea at any moment. But the reason to visit is the dramatic setting - on a par with any other Scottish castle, hanging grimly onto a rocky promontory above the turbulent North Sea. 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. There's a car park fairly nearby, but visiting the castle as part of a coastal walk between Sandend and Cullen makes an even better trip.

[Findlater Castle]

Location & info

📌 Findlater Castle ★★
On the coast, off minor road 1 mi west of Sandend, G.R.: NJ 542672 ///recorders.congested.violinist
Always open | Free

💬 From the car park at G.R.: NJ 541665 ///hooks.soup.brink it's a 15-min walk (each way) nearly to the castle on a level track then good path. Rough path, vertical drops and unstable ruins (with drops into underground vaults) if you venture out onto the castle promontory itself - care needed.

[North Sea views]


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