Cullen Beach

Cullen Beach - Grampian
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Cullen is an attractive, golden sandy beach to the west of the village of the same name. It overlooks Cullen Bay, which gives the waters here some degree of shelter from the strongest currents, making it a good beach for swimming and snorkelling.  

The beach is perhaps best known for its rock formation; The Three Kings beach stack. Legend has it that these 4 metre tall quartzite stacks are the grave stones of three Norse Kings who died at the Battle of Bauds in 962.

Cullen Links Golf Club can be found behind the beach, with views over the bay. The beach is also popular for water sports such as surfing and sailing, and for fishing, and walking.

At low tide a fair number of rockpools become exposed, which can be fun to explore with children. Dolphins are common along this stretch of coastline, and if you’re lucky you may catch a glimpse of a pod of these delightful creatures jumping in the surf. 

Free parking is available underneath the railway viaduct which offers direct access on to the beach. Toilets are now open here in summer. Next to the car park is a grassy area with picnic tables offering excellent views of the town, beach, and surrounding coastline. Dog bins can also be found here. The historic railway viaduct is now part of the national cycle network which passes the beach. 

Further facilities such as pubs, restaurants, and places to stay can be found in Cullen, a village with a history dating back over one thousand years.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

The beach is not cleaned and dogs are allowed all year round.

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing


  • Toilets

Nearest town



AB56 4WB

OS grid ref.

NJ 5041 6751


FREE parking (including disabled spaces) is available for 50 cars.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Cullen Beach Reviews

Great Beach

Jul 10th 2022

Had an excellent day on Sat, fantastic beach walked my dog and paddled in the sea very relaxing.
Only made one minor error did not take our own food and drinks.I understand that prices are going up at the moment but was charged £4 for a small portions of Chips a total price of £9 for chips small bottle of coke and a small coffee
So take your own food and drinks I will be the next time
Apart from that a great day


Jun 08th 2022

been there so many times each time is a new beu


Dec 06th 2020

Once again it’s Sunday and we like to drive to Cullen beach. The Airstream is here providing hot drinks and snacks. Looks like there is going to be work done on the lower car park area as it’s getting very pitted.