Sunnyside Beach

Sunnyside Beach is a wonderful picnic and bathing spot within Cullen Bay.

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Quite possibly the most beautiful beach! Off the beaten track it does not get crowded and has a serene feel. The soft white sand and beautifully clear waters here are also a major draw. Walking distance from Sandend Holidays.

Sunnyside Beach is arguably the most popular stretch of sand around Morayshire, only accessible on foot!

Despite this, it does not get too crowded and has a serene feel. The soft white sand and beautifully clear waters here are also major draws.  This epic beach is only accessible by foot from either Sandend, Findlater or Cullen.  Amazing views from the cliffs before you drop down onto the secluded beach.  Sunnyside Beach and the ruins of Findlater are about a 2-mile walk from Sandend.  Furthermore, you can drive to a small car park at Findlater and start the walk from there. 

Sunnyside Beach is a wonderful picnic and bathing spot within Cullen Bay.
Sunnyside Beach Dog
Sandend to Sunnyside Beach

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NOTE:  The Coastal section between Sandend and Findlater is officially closed due to landslips.  However, some walkers are still crossing the wet and unstable landslip section.  The path between Findlater Castle and Sunnyside Beach is passable with care, depending on seasonal conditions.  Potential path users should assess conditions on a day-to-day basis. 

A great place to watch the world’s largest bottle-nosed dolphins.

Visit Walkhighlands for route information.  

Walkhighlands have put together a brilliant circular route starting in Sandend. 

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