Cullen harbour, built by Thomas Telford, is the mid-point of the Six Harbour Walk, a charity event on the first Sunday of May that is growing in popularity year on year. Or you might catch the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival in Portsoy at the end of June, a worthy event in our local calendar.
On a clear day, a walk up the Bin Hill behind Cullen will be rewarded with a splendid view of land and sea.
Cullen village has cafes, pubs, restaurants, fish and chips, post office, butcher, ice cream and other shops, a short walk from the harbour. Portsoy also has good fish and chips and ice cream, and you will find fresh fish in many of the coastal villages.
Out and about, there is a mountain biking trail at Fochabers, and some go surfing at Sandend. Buckie and Macduff are working harbours. There is the aquarium in Macduff, and you can take a boat trip on the Gemini Explorer out of Buckie, or with North 58 Sea Adventures in Banff.
Further afield, you can get the whisky experience at many distilleries within an hour’s drive.
North-east Scotland has stone circles scattered all over. Aikey Brae, near Old Deer, is one such site, about an hour’s drive from Cullen. Also in Buchan is the R.S.P.B. reserve at Loch Strathbeg. Some of our Christmas 2009 visitors went there and saw a sea-eagle.