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Site of former Salmon Bothy

(Time: approx. 45 mins)

Start at the harbour and walk along Portlong Road: the Pets' Cemetery is on your right. A little further on a wooden pole barrier blocks the way to vehicles. Walk round this and continue to Portlong Hythe, staying on the path around the headland until you reach the site of the Salmon Bothy, which was used by fishermen up to 1975.

During the summer, nets - marked by buoys - would be left overnight in the sea, and in the morning the cobles would be rowed out to bring in the catch. From here, take the winding path leading up the gully, following it round to the right as you reach the top. To your right there is a track - edged with spiky whins (gorse) - leading to Nelson's Seat. At this point you have a panoramic view across Cullen Bay to the hills of Caithness and Sutherland over sixty miles away. From here you may be able to see Dolphins frisking in the Firth.

Return to the main path, and now with the Caravan Park on your left, follow the Cemetery wall along to its end, and then turn right into Seaview Place. Walking straight ahead - with the Cemetery on your right, and a group of wooden garages on your left - continue downwards past the Fire Station and turn immediately right into Campbell Street, going to the end, where it meets the cliff top.

Turn left here and walk on for about 110yds. (100m) where you come to a wide open space overlooking the harbour. Take the narrow railed pathway down the cliff side and return to your start point.

Good strong walking shoes are advisable. Take care on any section that is overgrown with vegetation.

Local Walks


Site of former Salmon Bothy

Site of former Salmon Bothy

Cullen Bay

Cullen Bay

Cullen House & Cullen Auld Kirk

Cullen House & Cullen Auld Kirk

Giant's Steps Walk

Giant's Steps Walk

Sunnyside Beach and Findlater Castle

Sunnyside Beach and Findlater Castle

Crannoch Wood Walk

Crannoch Wood Walk

Bin Hill

Bin Hill

Crannoch Hill Walk

Crannoch Hill Walk

Cullen Bay and Portknockie

Cullen Bay and Portknockie

This project was part-financed by the scottish goverment and the european community moray leader 2007-2017 programme.