Collieston (Scotland) Reviews
Description:Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The numerous sea caves in the nearby cliffs, and small coves with shingle beaches provided ... more
Collieston (Scotland) ... ideal terrain for smugglers. In the late 1700s it was estimated by the Excise that up to 8000 gallons of foreign spirits were being illegally landed in the area every month. In 1798, the notorious village smuggler, Phillip Kennedy, was killed by a blow from an exciseman's cutlass. His grave and tombstone still stands in the village graveyard. Collieston is now mainly a commuter village serving Aberdeen, and is largely given over to tourists during the summer months.
Newest Review: ... is a regular highlight on the life of a community. Everyone helps on the smuggling run. A seemingly meaningless gesture is a pre-arranged signal. A plaid (or tartan blanket) is spread, apparently t o dry, on a peatstack. To knowing observers, the message is understood. As the evening approaches, Crooked Mary is ... more
Customer Collieston (Scotland) Reviews (2)
by - written on 17/02/01, updated on 17/02/01 (Very useful, 261 readings)
And who was Crooked Mary, you may ask? And what does she have to do with Collieston? Well, I hope by now you have read Machar’s opinion on this fascinating and picturesque little village. If not, go and do it now, but don’t forget to come back. Because I don’t intend to repeat any of the information Machar has given you in her excellent review. No, I’m on a history and folklore theme. And if both Machar and Dooyoo will permit me, I offer this as a “footnote” to Machar’s op. Collieston is only a few miles away for me, and it’s a lovely little place. Although in these present times, it has more than ... Read the complete review
by - written on 06/02/01, updated on 06/02/01 (Very useful, 255 readings)
If you follow the A90 out of Aberdeen and take the turn off for Newburgh and then the turn off for Collieston, you will discover one of Aberdeen's hidden havens of peace and quiet. A lot of people miss Collieston as they drive further up the coast to visit Slains Castle. Perhaps it's a good thing that most people miss Collieston as it's not big enough to hold a lot of people! Collieston is an old fishing village that is built around a small steep cove. The cove is beautiful with little cottages and houses perched on the side of the cliffs. I used to know someone who lived in one of these houses and their address was "The Cliff" instead ... Read the complete review
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