Monday, 14 July 2014

This is Crovie, Aberdeenshire

 
This weekend we had the most brilliant weather. It was literally scorching! Luis was off work on Friday so we decided to check out an old fishing village. The whole drive was on country roads. Sheep and cows dot the countryside as well as crumbling ruins of I'm sure were once cottages or old farm buildings. We caught glimpses of the North Sea on our way.

Crovie is unique. The shelf is so narrow there is only room for the cottages and a small foot path. There is a fantastic view point at the top of the cliffs that took my breath away. The peace and quiet that surrounded this village was amazing and I can't wait to go back.


We wanted a closer look so we walked down the path and a set of steep steps to get down to the village. We found a group of kids kicking a ball around and every cottage had wet suits hanging from their clothes line. We saw children climbing on a large boulder, barefoot, and then sat back on the rock and pulled out their book from their back pocket and started to read. There were more kids and parents hanging out of the dock and getting into the water.


A cute older couple stopped us to chat for a bit and I asked them if the water came right up to the path and she said it did. She told me there was a big gale the other day and the waves were crashing on her roof! Then she said, "It makes this an interesting place to live." I now have a desire to stay here for a week to experience such a thing.

There was a storm surge here in 1953 that was so large it washed away the path leading to the other side of the bay into Gardenstown. The damage to the fishing industry was so great most of the people living here just packed up and moved across the bay--leaving Crovie one of the most well preserved fishing villages in Europe. The cottages here mostly make up holiday rentals now. I am itching to stay here!





What do you think? Would you stay here during a storm?

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos. I'd love to visit, but staying during a storm .. Oh, not so much ;-)

    Monica, www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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  2. O my goodness yes I need to stay there on vacation!

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  3. We are renting a car next week to explore Aberdeenshire and some of the Highlands and would love to visit this place. About how long did it take you to drive there from Aberdeen?

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  4. My God, this is so beautiful, I definitely have to visit Aberdeenshire!

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  5. Would love to stay in a storm.

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