Oil had been discovered below the North Sea in 1965. This was quickly reflected in rising rents and house prices in Aberdeen. Car ownership was almost universal and commuting from country districts to work or study in Aberdeen was now a viable option for many people.

In Collieston this was at first reflected by students taking advantage of cheap nine month “winter lets” of holiday homes and later when they graduated of relatively cheap house prices. This combined with an idyllic location attracted a number of new comers from all over the world to the village. Collieston’s last resident Church of Scotland minister retired in 1972 and both the Manse and Glebe were sold as private houses. As the oil industry boomed so too did property prices. Collieston it seemed had become a desirable place to stay.
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