A warm welcome to the first blog of 2016 and a Happy New Year to all our readers and guests!
For the first blog of the year, I have added on a picture which was taken last week when we visited Collieston. This is the harbour, somewhat covered in foam created by the huge waves!.
Collieston is a small former fishing village on the coast and is only just over 12 miles from The Bothy. The village lies just north of the Sands of Forvie Special Protection Area, between Cruden Bay and Newburgh and is somewhere that you can visit on a January day. To the north, it has rocky bays and steep cliffs, whereas to the south, there is a huge sand dune which stretches for 3 miles along the shore to the mouth of the River Ythan near Newburgh.
The village thrived as a fishing village in the 1600’s and 1700’s and was well known for Collieston Speldings. These were salted and sun dried haddock and whiting and they were a popular delicacy back in the day.
It was also an attractive place for smugglers back in the 1700’s. Sea caves meant it was ideal territory for them.
The limited remains of Old Slains Castle lies a mile to the north of Collieston. This was blown up in 1594. A new Slains Castle was built in 1597 and if you head 6 miles further up the coast, you will be able to see the ruins.