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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 can be found 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

Sandy

Lifeguard service

No

Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

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

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Activities

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

Facilities

  • Toilets

Nearest town

Cullen

Postcode

AB56 4WB

OS grid ref.

NJ 5041 6751

Water quality

Water quality star rating

Awards

Marine Conservation Society Recommended