could now no longer be described as a fishing community.
Grant, the last Collieston man to make his living fishing,
was immortalised in Alan Stott’s award winning
“The Last Fisherman”. Fishing was now the
preserve of a few dedicated part-timers. Commercial
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
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
1959.Ownership of the land however was retained by Slains