train thumbSituated high on the cliffs at the western end of on of the most picturesque bays on the East coast of Scotland - Cullen Bay - lies Portknockie, another strongly individual Moray Firth village.

Established in the latter part of the seventeenth century, about 1677, the community like its near neighbours Cullen and Findochty, was largely dependent on the fruits of the sea and its early inhabitants erected their fisherhouses to overlook the small natural harbour basin.

Although the fishing industry has long since departed from the harbour, a casual conversation with one of the retired fishermen who still spend many an hour viewing the horizon, will result in the enquirer gaining a clear picture of yesteryear activity.

During the summer months, the setting sun, when viewed from behind the harbour, is a most magnificent sight and an experience not readily forgotten.

By contrast, the crashing winter gales whip the sea into such a fury that the picture, if less tranquillising, is equally memorable.

The Moray Coast

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The Moray Coast, sheltered by the Cairngorm Mountains, enjoys a mild climate having one of the highest sunshine levels in Great Britain and has been described as the "Riviera of the North".

Enjoy the finest maritime landscapes encapsulating Sandy Beaches and Historical Fishing Villages encased in hidden coves and bays of the local coastline.

For those interested in history, see history come to life with Castles, Ancient Monuments, Battle Sites and the Traditional Painted Cottages of older times.

The beautiful scenic countryside caters for many tastes. Fishermen can try their hand at angling in the many rivers and lochs. The Golfer has a choice of eleven courses. Water Sports include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, sailing, canoeing, sailboarding and water skiing.

Pony Trekking can be arranged from centres near Buckie and Fochabers.

Many recognised walks in the area provide peace and tranquility combined with magnificent scenery.

Places of interest include The Whisky Trail, where visitors can enjoy guided tours of the distilleries and sample the end product.

The Fishing Heritage Trail and Baxters Of Speyside Visitors Center are also well worth a visit.