property “boom” continued, several holiday
homes were sold to permanent residents and developers
took the opportunity to transform the stable block opposite
Slains Lodge into homes around a central courtyard.
development was renamed Forvie Court.
By now a few small businesses, a tearoom (in the house
known as Buckies), publishing, video production and three
design consultancies were operating from the village.Collieston
had entered the post industrial era and was part of a
new trend in people working from home.In the mid 1980s
the oil price collapsed along with property prices. The
Pier too had begun to collapse. In the winter of 1987/88
it finally gave way under the constant pounding of terrific
storms. This time Sir Douglas’s son Rear Admiral
Steve Ritchie, who had now retired to the village, provided
the rallying call for its repair. Numerous fund raising
activities were undertaken to match the £30,000
that was promised by Grampian Regional Council.Oil and
property prices recovered and the number of families with
young children was expanding for the first time since
before World War 1.