Traditional fishermen’s cottages are still very much evident in the towns and villages along the Banffshire Coast. These houses are nearly always built close to each other in one distinct area – often designated conservation areas. Often brightly coloured and pristinely kept, many cottages are built gable-end to the sea. This meant that the householders did not have fantastic views, but their properties were protected from fierce sea spray and waves during storms. Although many have now been converted to meet modern living requirements, in olden days there would have been no rooms upstairs as this was an area where fishing nets would have been hung and mended.