Walk: Whale of a time at Bow Fiddle Rock

Moray | Portknockie | Half day walk | ★★★★

[Bow Fiddle Rock]

Bow Fiddle Rock is one of the highlights of the magnificent Moray coastline. The huge stack is connected to another by a sloping rock arch, with the resulting sculpture variously described as a sinking ship, bow and fiddle or a whale's tail. If the latter, then the other end of the mammal is at the Whale's Mouth - an aptly-named, gaping hole of a cave / arch just to the south. This coastal walk visits both with an inland railway line creating a brilliant circular walk. Starting in smaller Portknockie enables a mid-trip visit to The Ice Cream Shop in Cullen (reputedly Scotland's best). Don't forget to visit the picturesque harbours in both villages.

[Whale's Mouth arch]

📌 Walk: Whale of a time at Bow Fiddle Rock ★★★★
Start / finish on Bridge Street (street parking), Portknockie village centre, G.R.: NJ 490684 ///shipped.thickens.earful. Alternative start midway along the route in Cullen.

▶ 8 km / 5 mi | ▲ 90 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Portknockie (village, harbour); Cullen (viaduct, village, harbour, beach); Whale's Mouth arch; Bow Fiddle Rock
Terrain: Surfaced railway bed for outward leg; sandy beach then clear but rough coastal path for return.

Route & map

Start - Cullen viaduct - Cullen ★★★ - Cullen Bay ★★★ - Whale's Mouth arch - Bow Fiddle Rock - Portknockie harbour - Portknockie - start


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

On our visit

Wildlife: Shags, other seabirds, stonechats.
Weather: Warm sunshine and little wind despite fog over the rest of NE Scotland - that's the Moray microclimate for you!

[Cullen Sands]

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