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Peace and tranquillity.
Member Name: machar
Date: 06/02/01, updated on 06/02/01 (252 review reads)
Advantages: peace and quiet, brilliant beach, unspoiled
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 of a street name! This sums up perfectly the position of the houses.
So why is Collieston worth going to see? It is the perfect place to take the kids as the beach is wonderfully sandy, exceptionally clean and comes with lots of rock pools to explore. The beach is small enough to stop the kids wandering off but big enough for them to run about. There are public toilets which are very clean and looked after very well. The water is also clean and is tested regularly with the results posted in the beach shelter. Swimming is popular here if you are brave enough and the locals also use it for rowing boats and body boards. The beach is not developed so the kids will not be constantly demanding ice cream or candy floss. The nearest shop is the small village shop/post office situated at the top of the village. It's a steep enough walk to put most children off!
Apart from the beach there are other things to do in the village. There is a well-maintained play park incase the tide is in when you visit and there are plenty of places to explore. There is a cliff top walk from Collieston heading north. I would not recommend this for young children or people who are not too sure on their feet. The path is at a very steep angle in parts and can be a bit scary! There are also sheep gr
azing on the path so dogs would have to be kept on a lead. However, the views of the dramatic cliffs and multitudes of sea birds are worth it.
Even in wintertime Collieston can be a dramatic place to go. To sit in a car on the harbour and watch the waves crash over the walls can be very exhilarating. Needless to say this is a very popular past time of the more elderly population and it can get very busy on a Sunday afternoon.
If you are ever up that way, pop into Collieston and have a look, as it really is a wonderful little village.