A former fishing village on the southeast coast of Aberdeenshire, Catterline lies on a clifftop at the end of a narrow road 4½ miles (7 km) north northeast of Inverbervie. Lime and coal used to be shipped into its sheltered anchorage. Built high on the cliffs to allow excisemen to keep a lookout for smugglers, Watch Cottage (The Watchie) became the studio of painter Joan Eardley (1921-63) in the 1950s and is still used by artists today. The village benefits from pier in the cove below (Catterline Bay) and a primary school, with a roll of 56 (2015). Two miles (3 km) further up the coast lie the remains of the once thriving fishing community of Crawton which was finally deserted in 1927 following nearly 50 years of decline.

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