It took some thinking about but we dove through the deep foam to reach the car park. It looked liked snow, so deep that we could not see the road and as we ploughed through, the foam covering our windscreen. But it was worth it, to get a good view of the waves breaking on the cliffs and the harbour wall at Collieston.
This little cove, where we have taken grandchildren to throw stones in finer weather, is called St Catherine’s Dub. I read up about the name and discovered that a Spanish Ship called the Santa Caterina, carrying arms for the Earl of Erroll’s Catholic plot against King James VI is said to have sunk here in 1594. Cannons have been recovered from the wreck. In retaliation the King ordered that the Earl’s castle which stood on the cliffs, a mile north of Collieston be blown up, The Earl went on to rebuild Slains Castle, six miles further up the coast at Cruden Bay, in 1597.