Portsoy to Findochty. 11 Miles


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Aberdeen to Inverness Coastal Walk Guide

Aberdeen to Inverness Coastal Walk Guide

From Portsoy follow that path that leads around Redhythe point till it drops down into Sandend Bay. Pass through the village of Sandend and follow the cliff path to Findlater castle. The cliff path cuts through the rock at the far end as you enter Cullen. Follow the beach around to the far end of Cullen and climb up and around the cliff to view the Bow Fiddle rock. Leaving Cullen, take the disused track that leads directly to Portknockie and then Findochty.

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Another glorious morning and reinforcements had arrived in the form of Audrey who travelled up the previous evening. Once we had done the car shuffle thing we set off. Then stopped after about 100 yards to have a coffee at the hotel at the harbour. Then set off again. Portsoy was a lovely quiet place and we climbed out along the cliff path towards Findlater castle which dates back to Alexander II in 1246. Before that we passed along the lovely beach at Sandend. The cliff walk carried around towards Cullen, home of the dish “Cullen Skink”, a sort of fish stew. The path took us along and down the cliffs and over some steps into Cullen. Entering Cullen we came across a pet cemetery which is the first time I have ever seen one. We followed the beach around Cullen Bay with the three viaducts of Cullen further back. Rounding the corner before we reached we saw the geological oddity known as the bow and fiddle rock just offshore. The last stretch was a couple of miles into the small fishing village of Findochty. By this time my feet were giving me a bit of discomfort due to the blisters I had managed to nurture the day before and I was glad to get to the end of the walk.

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