Findlater Castle

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The ruins of Findlater Castle stand on a rocky promontory projecting out into the sea some two miles east of Cullen and a mile west of Sandend. Brown tourist signs direct you from the A98 to a parking area at a farm, Barnyards of Findlater, and from here it is a half mile walk along a good grassy path to the interpretive board on the cliffs behind the castle.

Walking distance from Sandend Holidays

Set high on a cliff overlooking the Moray Firth stands the dramatic Findlater 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 current ruin dates to the late 14th century and was probably the work of Sir John Sinclair!  The castle was left to decay, and decay it certainly has. The ruins are in a poor state of repair and although you can wander around the castle, do remember it’s a long way down to the base of the cliffs below. What a ruin.  It is a picturesque site and worth the visit.  Above the castle is a restored Doocot – there are about 700 nesting boxes inside the doocot, which is still actively used by local birds.

Visit Undiscovered for more information on this and other Castles in the area. 

In case you are wondering, the name Findlater comes from the Norse words which loosely translate as white cliffs.

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