Nestled on the coast of Moray, a few miles east of Buckie lies the village of Portknockie. Portknockie was a significant herring fishing port during the nineteenth century, but today just has a handful of fishing boats remaining in its harbour.
In July 2020 I visited The village of Cullen with some friends before going to Portknockie and visiting the famous Bow Fiddle Rock. It is a 4 hour drive north of Glasgow.
On arrival we battered with the sound of guillemots, cormorants and local gulls squwaking and shouting from the surround cliffs. the tide was in and the sea was flat calm. Around the rock is a naturally sheltered bay, if you head round east from the bay you can see the beautiful golden sands of Cullen.
Round to the west sode of the rock, behind the hillside are other smaller rocks poking out the sea bed. On the July afternoon we were there the rocks were crowded with young birds on the rocks, drying off from their mornings fishing and enjoying what can only be described as a rave of noise from their partying antics.
It’s a paddlers paradise and when the weather is right is a dreamy place for a paddle. North of portknockie there is no land so making sure you go out here with the correct wind and tide conditions. Nothing beats the naked eye for seeing what the sea is doing.
If you go you’ll get amazing photographs. Be sure to check the weather and know your limits!