Collieston is a small former fishing village on the North Sea coast in Aberdeenshire. The village lies just north of the Sands of Forvie Special Protection Area, between Cruden Bay and Newburgh.
The earliest recorded history of Collieston is of the arrival of St. Ternan, a Columban monk on a mission to convert the local picts to Christianity. There is, however, evidence that people lived here during much earlier times.
Collieston was established as a fishing village by the 16th Century, and it provides the first safe harbor in over 15 miles of beaches and dunes stretching north from Aberdeen. Fishing for herring, haddock, whiting and cod flourished in the 17th and 18th Centuries, and was the foundation of Collieston's economy. The village became known for 'Collieston Speldings', salted and sun-dried haddock and whiting, a popular delicacy throughout Britain.
As drift netting developed during the mid-19th Century, the fishing began to decline and the industry shifted to places like Peterhead because the harbor at Collieston was too small to safely accommodate the larger boats needed. Collieston is now mainly a commuter village serving Aberdeen, and is filled with tourists during the summer months. []