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June is finally here, which means there has never been a better time to get out and immerse yourself in Scotland’s natural beauty.

While the weather so far this month has been mixed to say the least, the summer season is only just beginning. There are hopefully plenty of warm and sunny days to look forward to over the coming weeks, and there is nothing better than a good old-fashioned hike.



When it comes to picking a walk, there is no reason why you have to choose between Scotland’s fascinating history and its breathtaking scenery. To prove this point, the Daily Record has selected the spectacular ruins of Findlater Castle as our latest Walk of the Week.

Sitting atop a 50-foot cliff overlooking the Moray Firth on the coast of Banff and Buchan in Aberdeenshire, Findlater Castle is believed to date back all the way to the 13th century. The name of the structure is derived from the Scots Gaelic words ‘fionn’ and ‘leitir’ — meaning ‘white’ and ‘cliff’ respectively.

The remains of the castle that appear today are a 14th-century reconstruction of the original Findlater Castle. It may be just a husk of what it once was, but it still dominates the landscape.


Situated around just two miles from the charming seaside village of Cullen, the castle makes for the perfect afternoon hike. After you are done, you can enjoy a scenic walk back to the village and enjoy some mouthwatering food and drink at a local pub that has been described by customers as “delightful”.

Read on for some photographs that will no doubt convince you Findlater Castle is worth a visit. You can also check out a few of the Daily Record’s previous Walks of the Week here:

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When the sun is shining, there is nothing quite like a trip to the coast. If you head along the walk to Findlater Castle from Cullen, you will be treated not just to stunning seaside views but also some fascinating Scottish history.

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While Findlater Castle may be a shadow of its former self, it remains an imposing part of the rugged coastal landscape all these centuries later. You can easily imagine it in its former glory as a secure towering fortress.

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The views from inside the ruins are just as incredible as those along the shore. This photograph appears to be taken from the remains of a vaulted basement on the castle’s west side.

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The walk to and from the Findlater Castle ruins take in some of the most gorgeous scenery in Scotland. While you will need to be careful walking along the edges of the cliffs, the views out over the water simply need to be seen to be believed.

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Arriving back in Cullen, you will have more than earned a yummy meal and a drink. The Seafield Arms Hotel is the perfect place for both, with its restaurant and bar serving up everything from fresh seafood to more than 70 malt whiskies. Recent visitors on Tripadvisor, where the venue has an average rating of 4.5 out of five based on 309 reviews, have praised its “amazing” and “delightful” food.

(Image: Photo © Alan Murray-Rust (cc-by-sa/2.0))

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