This week, we are in Cullen for the Bothy Blog. We are loving visiting all these lovely villages and towns along the coast and is such a great way to get out and explore the Banffshire Coast. Cullen is about an hour away from the Bothy and is quite a popular destination for tourists. The history of Cullen dates back to 1189. The town was originally situated around half a mile inland from where it is today and this is known as “Old Cullen”. Throughout the 1700’s, Cullen’s wealth came from textiles and threadmaking. The herring boom in the 1800’s resulted in a growth and by the 1820’s, New Cullen and Seatown of Cullen had been built.
These 2 parts make up Cullen. “Seatown of Cullen” is the fishing village and it is full of lovely small fisher cottages, which like so many along the coast, face gable end onto the sea. It is situated between the sea wall on one side and the main road on the other. The harbour is located at the eastern end of Seatown. “New Cullen” is further up from Seatown and is located up Main Street which sits under one of the 3 railway viaducts.
You can see why it is popular with tourists – it has a fantastic long sandy beach, you can golf and the waters surrounding the village are great for swimming in. There are beautiful coastal walks and as mentioned in my blog last week, you can walk out to the ruins of Findlater Castle and Sunnyside Beach from Cullen.
Cullen also is well known for Cullen Skink – it is a soup made from smoked haddock, potato and onions and it is named after the town!