A former fishing village on the coast of Aberdeenshire, Cowie is situated on Stonehaven Bay, a half-mile (1 km) northeast of the burgh town of Stonehaven. A castle, said to have been built by Malcolm Canmore and held by the Fraser Thanes of Cowie, once stood on a promontory overlooking the sea and nearby are the ruins of a chapel associated with the 7th Century St Nathalan. The castle, which was the guardian of a coastal route known as the Cowie Mounth, was one of three royal castles in this part of Aberdeenshire defending key routeways, the others being Kincardine and Durris. The original village of Cowie on Megray Hill above the present Cowie House was destroyed by the Marquis of Montrose in 1645 and rebuilt on a coastal site at the mouth of the Cowie Water. Today Cowie is a commuter village and tourist resort comprising rows of cottages with colourful doors and window frames.

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