Six miles west of Portsoy is the town of Cullen, dramatically sited beneath a series of striking 19th-century railway viaducts and fronting an impressive sweep of sand. 

Walk east from Cullen harbour along the coast for a few miles to the lovely, deserted beach at Sunnyside, overlooked by the lemming-like ruin of Findlater Castle. There's another great beach at Sandend, between Portsoy and Cullen.

Castles Nearby

Birkenbog House

Probably 1730-40 wing of earlier mansion/tower house apparently re-modelled 1795-1800 as principal dwelling after fire.

Cullen Hotels & Accommodation

The best places to stay in Cullen are The Seafield Arms Hotel, Tel. 840791, www.theseafieldarms.co.uk; and The Bayview Hotel, Tel. 841031, both on 57 Seafield St.

Also good is the Cullen Bay Hotel Late Rooms Availability for Cullen Bay Hotel in Cullen

There are also several B&Bs. Cullen Old Chemist Shop Modern self catering apartment in Cullen on North East Coast. Ideal for visitors wanting to stay in this historic town.

The local delicacy (and delicious it is, too) is Cullen Skink, a soup made with smoked haddock and cream. For food try the hotels listed above. Two good pubs for food are the Royal Oak and Cullen Bay, both on the A98 east towards Banff.

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