Crovie

The village of Crovie, is, like Pennan, a single line of cottages built under the cliff. It is unique in lacking a road: in front of the line of cottages there is room only for a narrow pathway, and all deliveries to the cottages have to be made by wheelbarrow. The harbour amounts to a single jetty with a dog-leg at the seaward end, submerged at the highest tides. By the 1950s, the harbour was falling into disuse because it was too shallow for the newer kinds of fishing boat which, by their efficiency, made the traditional fishing methods uneconomic.

The village was almost destroyed by a mighty storm in 1953. Several cottages were washed away, and the entire population of the village was evacuated. After the storm the harbour was completely abandoned.

At the time, there was a suggestion that the whole village be permanently abandoned and vacated cottages be bulldozed into the sea. The Crovie Preservation Society was formed at this time, and achieved its aim: that the village survives today is evidence of their success. Some of the cottages are occupied only in the Summer, but others are occupied by residents all year round.

Most of the fishing villages to the west of Fraserburgh and east of Banff face north, which means that those built against cliffs have little sunshine, even at the height of Summer. Crovie is an exception and enjoys a sunny aspect, and dramatic views of the beach and sea, within yards of the cottage windows.

(The 10th of 14 pages. Revision date: Tuesday 12th June 2012)

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