Collieston could now no longer be described as a fishing community. Norman Grant, the last Collieston man to make his living fishing, was immortalised in Alan Stott’s award winning film “The Last Fisherman”. Fishing was now the preserve of a few dedicated part-timers. Commercial fishing for wild salmon still continued north and south of the village and along the beach at Forvie.

For a time it seemed that Collieston’s future was as a holiday haven. The permanent population dwindled to some 50 folk and in winter few lights shone from houses in the village.Forvie’s unique moorland, dune system and beaches were adopted as a National Nature Reserve in 1959.Ownership of the land however was retained by Slains Estate.
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