There is something unique about Catterline which is 4 miles south of Stonehaven on the coast.
As you walk towards the pier, the view is quite breathtaking when you see the row of houses at the top of the cliffs overlooking, the curved bay with it's shingle beach.
It has been said that in the late 5th century St Ninian used to land here as he faced the challenge of converting the Picts to Christianity.
The pier was built in 1810 and although fishing boats operated out of here for over a thousand years it is said that many of the fishermen supplemented their income by smuggling and when you visit you will see why.
Nowadays it is more famous for it's artists. The magic atmosphere and intrigue of Catterline attracts many artists to this little village.
Also in recent years Catterline has become well known for it's Gala and Cartie Challenge which is held in June each year
More details can be found at Catterline Online
Places To Stay
Self Catering Accommodation is available at Northend Cottage.
Places To Eat
The Creel Inn is renowned for it's excellent cuisine.
Places To Visit
Just north of Catterline is the nature reserve of Fowlsheugh next to Crawton a former fishing community.
Crawton lies above a shingle beach and you can see the remains of 23 houses and a school.
In its heyday, 30 Crawton men fished 12 boats and the village had its own fish merchant. Sadly after 50 years of decline in 1927 Crawton was finally deserted by its last inhabitant.
How To Get There
From Stonehaven travel along the Coastal Route on the A92 for about 3miles when you will see a signpost to Catterline on the left.