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Cullen beach

Cullen beach

3.3km from Findlater Castle

Cullen is an attractive, golden sandy beach to the west of the village of the same name. The beach is perhaps best known for its rock formation. The beach is also popular for water sports such as surfing and sailing, and for fishing, and walking. Cullen Bay is well sheltered by the surrounding cliffs and moray dolphins are often spotted from the beach and bay. There are plenty of shops in Cullen town centre, however in the summer months the beach is often serviced by an ice cream van.

Bow Fiddle Rock

Bow Fiddle Rock

5km from Findlater Castle

Bow Fiddle Rock is a natural sea arch near Portknockie on the north-eastern coast of Scotland. It is so called because it resembles the tip of a fiddle bow. It is composed of Quartzite, a metamorphic rock which was originally quartz sandstone. This rock is part of the Cullen Quartzite formation which is seen along the coast between Buckie and Cullen. The formation is some 2,400m thick and dates from the Neoproterozoic Era, 1,000 to 541 million years ago.

Bin of Cullen

Bin of Cullen

6.83km from Findlater Castle

Bin of Cullen is a hill in Moray, Scotland directly inland from Findochty. Bin of Cullen is 320 m in height and visible from considerable distances, such as Longman Hill to the east and Lossiemouth to the West. A good trekking destination and also it offers a good view of this area.

Craigmin Bridge

Craigmin Bridge

11.27km from Findlater Castle

Craigmin Bridge is an eighteenth century bridge within the grounds of Letterfourie House, in Moray, Scotland. Spanning the Burn of Letterfourie, it once formed part of the main approach road to the house. The bridge has a very unusual two-tier design, with a lower, single-arched span supporting two semi-circular arches above, with a smaller segmental arch and a mural passage between them, and a shallow round-headed niche above in the spandrel.

Duff House

Duff House

15.35km from Findlater Castle

Duff House is a Georgian estate house in Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Now in the care of Historic Environment Scotland, it is part of the National Galleries of Scotland and is a Category A listed building. The house and the associated Fife gates, walled garden, Collie lodge, mausoleum, ice house, Bridge Gates House and the Eagles Gate lodge are designated as Category A listed group of buildings.

Macduff Marine Aquarium

Macduff Marine Aquarium

16.71km from Findlater Castle

Macduff Marine Aquarium features marine life from the Moray Firth, Scotland’s largest bay, in a variety of exciting and innovative exhibits. Visitors come face to face with hundreds of native fish and invertebrates normally only seen by SCUBA divers who brave the chilly waters of the North Sea. It aims to promote awareness, enjoyment and stewardship of the Moray Firth marine environment in an entertaining and educational way.

Strathisla Distillery

Strathisla Distillery

19.57km from Findlater Castle

Strathisla Distillery is a scotch whisky distillery based in Strathisla, Speyside. The distillery was founded in 1786. Scotland's Malt Whisky Trail is a tourism initiative featuring seven working Speyside distilleries including Strathisla, a historic distillery and the Speyside Cooperage. According to a BBC article, visitors can tour the "traditional warehouse where the single malts that make up the premium and super premium blends are stored ... distinctive mellow honey flavour, offering a ful

Moray Monster Trails

Moray Monster Trails

20.21km from Findlater Castle

The Moray Monster Trails in Morayshire, near Elgin, offer a real mix of off road mountain biking. Whether you’re completely new to mountain biking or an expert rider, there’s a trail for you. From an easy green-graded track to more severe black-grade trails and orange-graded downhill and Northshore sections.

Gordon Castle Estate

Gordon Castle Estate

20.54km from Findlater Castle

Gordon Castle is located near Fochabers in Moray, Scotland. Historically known as the Bog-of-Gight or Bog o'Gight, it was the principal seat of the Dukes of Gordon. Completed as one of Scotland’s largest houses in the 1770s by the Duke of Gordon, Gordon Castle is the historical home of the Gordons, one of Scotland’s oldest families. The estate nestles in the Spey valley, in the heart of whisky country, with a stretch of the Spey River running through the estate, which boasts some of the best sal

Fochabers Folk Museum & Heritage Centre

Fochabers Folk Museum & Heritage Centre

21.16km from Findlater Castle

Fochabers Folk Museum and Heritage Centre houses a collection of gigs and carriages and an eclectic array of everyday objects showing the way of life and traditions of the north east of Scotland in the 18th and 19th centuries. Experience schooldays of the past in the Milne's schoolroom, set up to celebrate Alexander Milne, founder of Milne's Free School, a native of Fochabers who made his fortune in America and never forgot his home town.

Craigston Castle

Craigston Castle

25.12km from Findlater Castle

Craigston Castle is a 17th century castle, set in 250 acres of grounds in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It was built in 1607, with an ornate balcony. The interiors are largely original, decorated with portraits of Scottish kings. The castle is composed of two main wings flanking the entrance and connected by an elevated arch, and surmounted by a richly corbelled parapet. There are bases for corner turrets near the top corner of each wing, but the turrets themselves do not appear to have ever been co

Huntly Castle

Huntly Castle

26.41km from Findlater Castle

Huntly Castle is a ruined castle north of Huntly in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where the rivers Deveron and Bogie meet. It was the ancestral home of the chief of Clan Gordon, Earl of Huntly. There have been four castles built on the site that have been referred to as Huntly Castle, Strathbogie Castle or Peel of Strathbogie. The original wooden castle was built on a motte. The second castle, made of stone, was built on the northern end of the bailey. The third and modern castles were built to the e

Delgatie Castle

Delgatie Castle

26.66km from Findlater Castle

Delgatie Castle is a castle near Turriff, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Like many castles, Delgatie is rumoured to be haunted. A number of reports of a ghostly red-haired figure, supposedly one Alexander Hay, were made by soldiers posted there during the Second World War. The castle's information boards, mostly written by Captain Hay who restored the house in the 1950s, recount that the ghost was first seen when a body was found bricked up in a priest hole.

Loch na Bo

Loch na Bo

26.83km from Findlater Castle

Loch na Bo is a picturesque but little known man-made loch to the south of Lhanbryde. It is surrounded by woodland and is full of wildlife, including red squirrels, Daubenton bats, minks, and swans. To reach Loch na Bo follow the Garmouth Road and turn right at the playing field past the Community Centre.

Ben Aigan

Ben Aigan

29.92km from Findlater Castle

Ben Aigan hill lies to the east of Rothes, the north east of Craigellachie and to the east of the River Spey which flows along the foot of its western and northern slopes. This majestic hill Rising to a height of 471m and extensively forested apart from the summit cone, the top of Ben Aigan provides magnificent views over Speyside, south to Ben Rinnes, and away to the north over the Moray Firth to the hills of Sutherland.

Lossiemouth East Beach

Lossiemouth East Beach

30.35km from Findlater Castle

This lovely stretch of beach, backed by grassy dunes lies approximately mid-way between Nairn and Banff, at the mouth of the River Lossie. The sand is soft and clean and the sea along this stretch of coastline is relatively clear so it would be perfect for swimming if only it was a wee bit warmer. The east beach has become something of a mecca for both wildlife enthusiasts and surfers, with the former hoping to see pods of bottlenose dolphins and the latter enjoying the powerful waves brought in

East beach

East beach

30.47km from Findlater Castle

This pebbly beach continues into sand when walking in a westward direction. Admire the pretty dunes and look out for birds and the famous resident Moray Firth bottlenose dolphins. It has traditionally been a popular location for surfers. There are also so many things to do here.

Loch Spynie

Loch Spynie

30.63km from Findlater Castle

Loch Spynie is a small loch located between the towns of Elgin and Lossiemouth in Moray, Scotland. Close to Spynie Palace, the ancient home of the bishops of Moray, it is an important wildlife habitat which is protected as a Ramsar Site. It is a remnant of a great wetland that stretched from the western shore of the current loch to the mouth of the River Lossie and, at that time, many of the settlements along the Moray coast were actually islands in the Moray Firth.

Spynie Palace

Spynie Palace

31.01km from Findlater Castle

Spynie Palace was the fortified residence of the Bishops of Moray, standing some two miles north of Elgin on the edge of Spynie Loch, a sea loch providing direct access and a safe anchorage. It was also the centre of a thriving settlement. Today the splendid ruins of the Palace remain, but the loch is only a shadow of its former self and the medieval town has disappeared.

Millbuies Loch

Millbuies Loch

31.09km from Findlater Castle

Millbuies Loch was created by the damming of streams to provide angling facilities on the loch.Moray District Council took over the estate in 1975 and the fishing was extended to the public. The featured path around the loch is hard aggregate with various other paths leading off to scenic views. A large variety of rhododendrons and trees have been planted and this attracts wildlife, from red squirrels feeding at the station to roe deer, badger, rabbit and if you are quiet and lucky, pine martin.

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Findlater Castle

Findlater Castle

Portsoy, Banff AB45 2UD, UK

Findlater is one of the most dramatical situated of any Scottish castle, perched on a promontory joined to the mainland by a narrow neck of land, with almost sheer cliffs on the other three sides. The cliffs reach 90 feet in places, while the level surface of the castle promontory is some 30 feet below the level of the surrounding mainland cliffs, meaning that it can only be reached by a steep and irregular path.