Things to do in Cullen
Cullen Bay opens out before you as you drive in from the west. There is a relaxing holiday atmosphere and it is very popular with locals and tourists alike. There are lots of things to do in Cullen including coastal walks with great views and points of interest. There are plenty of places to eat and an eclectic range of small shops specialising in antiques, gifts and collectibles. Things to do in Cullen include:
- Play golf at Cullen Golf Course
- Enjoy an ice cream
- Taste Cullen Skink
- Watch for dolphins
- Railway Viaduct
Cullen Square is a busy place in summer with people coming to enjoy the atmosphere and the ice cream. The Old Market Cross sits on one side of the square, with the war memorial and small millennium gardens to the other side. The old town hall with its rounded corner hosts the tourist information centre and the occasional art exhibition.
Cullen Railway Viaduct
The old railway viaduct that cuts through Cullen is an amazing feat of engineering. Now the trains are gone but you can walk or cycle along Cullen Viaduct and take advantage of the magnificent views across the bay and towards the cliffs. Follow the cliff top path to discover Bow Fiddle Rock to the west. Look out for dolphins and maybe even minke whale or basking sharks.
In the last few years Cullen Skink has appeared on many menus in Moray and Speyside but here’s a chance to taste Cullen Skink, in its home town. A hearty soup made from smoked haddock, potato, onions and cream.
The harbour lies at the bottom of the steep hill. Now just a small marina, it was originally designed by Thomas Telford. To the East of the harbour there is a walk taking in the Giant’s Steps, Sunnyside Beach and Findlater Castle. Note the Pet Cemetery, a rare sight in Scotland.
Cullen Beach is a wide expanse of lovely sand. It is situated to the West of the harbour, beside Cullen Golf Club. It is a fairly sheltered bay and provides good dolphin spotting opportunities.
Cullen Golf Course
The Golf Course lies next to the beach giving it fantastic views over Cullen Bay. It’s an 18 hole course which was originally designed by Old Tom Morris.
Seatown sits on the front shore of Cullen Bay and is a mass of differently coloured fishing cottages: greys, pastels, blues, and pinks make it a photogenic place to wander. Many of the houses are built side onto the sea to protect the occupants from the elements. Small side paths hide forgotten courtyards.
Cullen Kirk lies on the outskirts of Cullen and makes a good walk from the Square with views of the imposing Bin Hill on the way. The ancient Kirk has a collection of centuries old tabletop graves with skull and crossbone symbols. One stone set into the wall commemorates the life of a sailor who was shipwrecked off the coast – a reminder of the dangers of the sea.
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