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There’s truly nowhere in the world like the conservation village of Crovie – which modestly wears its crown of the best preserved fishing village in Europe. Unique in several ways, it could also lay claim to the ‘greenest’ village as there is no access for cars – residents with large purchases transport them down the cliff side in wheel barrows from the car park at the top!

Life can be lived in Crovie at two speeds - slow … or dead slow and that’s part of its inherent charm. Crovie – which incidentally is pronounced Crivie – will enchant you. There’s nowhere quite as coastal as Crovie, with the distinction of having the narrowest space between shore and cliff of any Scottish village. As you walk along the only pathway there’s something captivating about the sound of the smooth pebbles and stones rolling over each other with every wave. The dolphins love to play in the bay here and with the RSPB’s ‘seabird city’ at Troup Head close by there are more than 100,000 seabirds including gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes and puffins too.

Neighbouring Pennan may be described as clinging to the foot of the cliff – but Crovie goes one step further, appearing to emerge from the sea. Room exists only for a handful of cottages and a narrow footpath; unbelievably in the 19th century more than fifty fishing boats operated from the tiny harbour and it provided homes to more than 300 people. A fierce storm in 1953 almost swept Crovie away, followed by council plans to bulldoze the remaining dwellings – but Crovie continues to endure both winter tempests and the occasional balmy summer’s day.

Nowadays, many of the original cottages are self catering holiday accommodation. You’ll find some of these on our accommodation pages – and you’ll also find that the population at any given time is far less than the 300 listed as residents in 1900.

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