Walk: Sandend to Cullen - clifftop caper

Aberdeenshire / Moray | Sandend | Half day walk | ★★★

[Looking back along the coast from just before Findlater Castle]

Perilously-perched Findlater Castle is just one highlight of the wonderfully scenic stretch of coastline divided by the border between Aberdeenshire and Moray. This 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. The first half of the route mainly keeps to clifftop paths, with the second often running around rocky bays below the cliffs. A bus is needed to return to the start (or walk back the same way, doubling the distance).

[Findlater Castle]

📌 Walk: Findlater Castle - at your peril ★★★
Park at the finish and take the bus along the coast to the start (generally hourly, but less frequent on Sundays - check times in advance). Start at the minor road junction for Sandend on the A98, G.R.: NJ 554656 ///cello.pretty.quack. Finish at the car park in The Square, Cullen village centre, G.R.: NJ 512671 ///zoos.define.owls.

▶ 7 km / 4 mi | ▲ 150 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Sandend Bay ★★★; Sandend ★★; Findlater Castle ★★; Cullen Bay ★★★; Cullen ★★★ (viaduct, village, harbour)
Terrain: Mostly clear coastal path but with some rough or faint sections, sometimes close to cliff edges. Extreme care needed around Findlater Castle itself - steep drops and unstable ruins.

Route & map

Start - Sandend Bay - Sandend - Findlater Castle via coast path - Cullen Bay via coast path - Cullen & finish. Part of the route between Sandend and Findlater Castle is believed to be officially closed due to landslips at time of update in December 2020.

Route credit: Scotland Off the Beaten Track

On our visit

Wildlife: Rock pool life, seabirds. This is a good area to spot dolphins.
Weather: Sunny, humid and calm with temperatures in high teens.

Chronological photo guide

[Looking back along the coast from just before Findlater Castle]

[Findlater Castle]

[Looking west just beyond Findlater Castle]

[Logie Head]

[Rock climbing at Logie Head]

[Approach to Cullen]


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