Crovie, a Historic Village in Aberdeenshire


Crovie is an 18th century fishing village in the North-East of Scotland. People first came to live there after having been cleared away from their inland homes to make way for sheep farming.

Today many of the houses are holiday lets and it’s a scenic place to walk. And take photos.

Oh yes.

A Crovie Walk

This post details a walk taken in 2015.

Crovie from above

See those vans below? Beside the amazing sea? That’s as far up the street as vehicles can go in Crovie:

Crovie and coast

View from the shore:

The shore at Crovie

The wee postbox:

red letter box at Crovie

The coastline is beautiful and dramatic. Light conditions change constantly.


Myself and a friend set off on what was meant to be a 1.5 mile walk.

We got lost.

There was torrential rain.

The approach of the rain:

clouds gather

We walked on and on.

We followed the arrows.

And then we found ourselves in a pea field.

pea plants growing

The pea field led to a gorge. We retraced our many, many steps, eight miles of steps in the end… but then there was soup and pie and cake and all was very, very well.

pebbles spell out Crovie


books on pink

Set in an Aberdeenshire castle, THE MERMAID AND THE BEAR features the Scottish witchcraft accusations and a love story.

FIREFLIES AND CHOCOLATE was inspired by the 18th century kidnapped children of Aberdeen and is set in both Scotland and Colonial Pennsylvania.

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“Ailish Sinclair spins this Scottish tale filled with excitement and suspense…” Historical Novel Society

correction wynd in aberdeen

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46 Replies to “Crovie, a Historic Village in Aberdeenshire”

  1. Words cannot express how badly I want to live in that row of houses in the first picture

      1. I lived right on the sea front in Norfolk for several years. Sometimes, in the winter, it would be too cold to sit in the front room, but it was still more than worth it!

  2. It’s so beautiful! I’m curious: how protected it is from storms? Being that close to the water makes me wonder. Still utterly gorgeous. I love your photos and how you captured the rocks and sea algae beneath the water. Thank you for sharing!

    1. There’s no protection from storms, I think it would be pretty scary to live there in winter. There are stories of great storms of the past!

  3. Your images and your words capture Scotland so well. I know most people think the weather and the isolation would be awful, but I find it perfection. Great hiking despite the storm.

  4. Absolutely love that sky; the great thing about Scottish skies is their character; rarely is it all one thing but a mixed bag off goodies (and some baddies!). The rolling storm clouds were fab.

  5. Hi Ailish, ‘incredible’ is the word, I just loved each post and this one in particular. Dreamy, beautiful place, Scotland, Scotland, one day I would come and soak in all this beauty..till then… thanks to you for bringing this to me all the way to India… take care

  6. Thanks for tweeting this blog post again on Twitter. I got to relive my walk in Crovie last fall with you…again! I won’t be going to Crovie again this year, but I am going to Scotland.
    Thanks for the lovely pictures!

  7. LOVE those pebbles! Oh my goodness, I’m being called to the holiday lets 🙂 Glad to hear you found your soup and rested your feet in the end Ailish… #SundayBlogShare

  8. Intriguing we haven’t bumped into each other before as we are covering the same turf, although tbh I am not a frequent blogger presently due to work, but I will be following your travels from now on. Scott

      1. There’s a company here called Cameron’s British foods. Every year they close down their shop in Florida and come here, to North Carolina, for the Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain. My friend’s pipe band plays there, So she’s picking me up a dozen meat pies, a bottle of HP and a pound of Lorne sausage. I hope she gets back soon, I’m starving! For sweet (Ish), I like rhubarb tart swimming in hot Devonshire custard. We had it for lunch in primary school and my tastebuds have never forgotten.

  9. Thanks, Ailish. Love your photo-travelogues. I’m working on a grail mythology right now that contains several scenes from Scotland and southern England. I’m curious if you have any relation to the Sinclairs of Midlothian, particularly Rosslyn?

  10. We stayed in the Mission building there a few years ago. It was a tad odd and a real hoot. We almost got stuck in an upstairs room when the door handle fell off – no phone signal and only 1 other resident in the village.

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