The tiny hamlet of Crovie (Pronounced Crivie) has a single line of houses with no road, only a footpath along the seafront. Residents have wheelbarrows which they use to carry their goods to their houses. Not so much a harbour but a single pier, Crovie was once predominantly a fishing village but there are no boats berthed here anymore. Today, nearly all of the small cottages are owned as holiday homes or holiday lets. There is a coastal path westwards called the ‘Snook’ which takes you westward to the village of Gardenstown past a cairn which commemorates the shipwreck of the SS Vigilant, which was wrecked here in 1906. Reports in the local Press early in 2009 stated that the end of Crovie Pier was in a terrible condition, and rapidly deteriorating, however repairs have been carried out, and it now looks a lot better.

crovie from a dogs eye view


There is a large ash wood carving approximately 12 foot high, which stands in a small car park above the village.  The artist Rosie Bradshaw named it "Scottish Athena".  Athena is the ancient Greek Goddess of wisdom, practical skills and prudent warfare hence the metal head piece. Rosie states: "I called her that because of the prudent warfare bit because of Crovie being the place where people went during the clearing of the Highlands - I thought she could be a protector therefore up on that cliff top ready with her helmet piece. The steel eyes were to reflect the sky or sunset etc. to give that timeless expression.  Also because in another definition she was termed patron of the arts and the piece was done as part of a Thank you to the companies who had donated or supported the Scottish Sculpture Workshop at Lumsden."  It is said that the village was established by Highlanders who were displaced during the Highland Clearances.


© Content 2012-14 Banffshire Maritime.
Created by SilverBack