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Cullen Bay & Portknockie Circuit

Fri, 17 June 2022 @ 10:00 - 14:00


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This walk is an inspiring and varied coastal walk. Few things can be more enjoyable than a good coastal walk, with crashing waves on rugged rocks, long swathes of golden sand and picturesque little harbours, sea birds and the possibility of seeing dolphins being the main ingredients for an enjoyable day out.

Fishing has been carried out at Cullen for at least five hundred years, and the picturesque huddle of the Seatown with its colourful painted cottages and twisting lanes dates in part from the 17th century.

The arches of the viaducts frame some of the best views of the town and its surroundings; the Seatown, the Cullen burn, the 19th-century temple of Pomona – a garden teahouse in the shape of a classical temple and, most magnificent of all, Cullen bay with the three distinctive sea stacks known as the ‘Three Kings’.

After skirting the marvellous sweep of Cullen Bay, the route passes Jenny’s Well, named after a poor woman in times past who lived in a cave nearby, and there are great views of the Whale’s Mouth rock formation. After climbing the concrete steps to the Portknockie headland, we come upon the focal point on the route – the hugely impressive and photogenic Bow Fiddle Rock – a natural sea arch, so-called because it resembles the tip of a fiddle bow. Portknockie has an ancient history; including being the site of a Pictish fort, but its modern development is associated with the herring boom of the 1800s. After making our way through Portknockie we return to Cullen via the disused railway line and viaduct, with tremendous coastal views over the golf course. Our return route to Cullen also takes us beside the burn of Cullen and across the west bridge, taking us past Cullen House and grounds.

Event Details

Fri, 17 June 2022
10:00 - 14:00
£10.00 – £12.50
7 miles / 11.2 km
Moderate (info)
Elaine Crowe and Jenny Jordan
Sorry, dogs are not allowed
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The price of the ticket includes a coffee/tea break with tray bakes on our return route in Cullen Bay Hotel. All event proceeds go to The Moray Way Association a registered charity and non-profit making organisation. The Festival is organised by the Moray Way Association trustees, who operate in a voluntary capacity.

Terrain – varied surfaces and mixed gradient: beach, coastal footpaths and a steep step section, (care near cliff edge and on rocky sections), and when using sections of quiet road and pavement.

Care is needed crossing the A98 twice.

The environment that we are walking in has the potential for changing weather so please bring along appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear and if you have walking poles bring them along too. Bring along Binoculars for viewing the wildlife. A reasonable level of fitness is required to do this walk. Walk is not suitable for dogs or young children. Although we will be stopping for refreshments on our return route to Cullen please bring along a drink and a snack of your choice just in case you need one during the walk. Please note that there are sections of the walk that can become muddy after rain. The walk including stops is approximately 3.5 – 4 hours.


Elaine Crowe
07519 785290

Venue / Start

Cullen Square
The Sqaure
Cullen,AB56 4RL

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Postcode: AB56 4RL – Meet you at the Square in Cullen.

The walk starts and finishes at Cullen Square. Public toilets in Cullen Square will open for pre-walk use. Travelling along Seafield Street, the parking area and toilets are situated between Garden House Trading on one corner and The Seafield Arms on the other. There is a bus shelter, benches and information board in front of the parking area. There is also, additional parking available on the opposite side of the road behind the Old Market Cross monument with seats at its base, another bus shelter to the side and the Rockpool Cafe is on the corner.

Please arrive at the start point at 9.45am so any potential issues can be sorted out before the event begins at 10.00am