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“Welcoming and intimate”
Review of The Salmon Bothy

The Salmon Bothy
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Portsoy
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Completed in 1834 and now lovingly restored, the Salmon Bothy is a superb example of a salmon house with working and living accommodation. The intimate museum tells the story of Portsoy’s harbour and town as a trading, smuggling and fishing port. Explore your roots in the fully equipped genealogical research facility and use the Bothy as a base to explore Portsoy’s splendid harbour and town, as well as the great walks along the coast. 'Upstairs at the Bothy' is a unique and charming venue space regularly hosting musical events, workshops and activities. With a capacity of 60 people it makes a perfect meeting place or party venue and is available to hire.
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“Welcoming and intimate”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

It's never a chore to go back to my home county Banffshire. It is undoubtedly God's own special place. The Salmon Bothy's intimacy and Portsoy's friendliness made a trip to Cahalen Morrison and Eli West's gig there on 12 April a joy.

The rustic intimacy of the restored building gives fantastic ambience to performances such as Chalen and Eli's. They themselves sang the praises of those who made them welcome and for the soundman who pitched things just right.

This is community in action. This is what can be achieved by local people committing to cultural development and respecting heritage. The Prime Minister's largely-forgotten and ill-advised bluster about The Big Society was just that. It is nothing new. It's what communities do, do well and have always done.

We will be back to examine its other fascinating facilities.

Thank you Portsoy, from a grateful Keith exile.

Visited April 2013
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39 reviews from our community

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English first
Dulverton, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“folk and whisky”
Reviewed September 15, 2012

outside it poured down , inside the bothy we were treated to a glass of malt and a session of humorous folk ditties with the main character of all being the highland amber nectar. I for one am glad it rained, a truly warming few hours

Visited June 2012
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Great Historical Museum of Wild Salmon Fishers”
Reviewed May 17, 2012

Run by extremely friendly local volunteers in Portsoy who have created a lovely museum and centre for communal activities including making boats which they are trying to re-introduce to Portsoy permanently. Also have a genealogy database.

Visited May 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Neat peek into history of area.”
Reviewed March 24, 2012

Quaint little historical site, very friendly people in a beautiful area.

Visited September 2011
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“Folk Night Excellent!”
Reviewed January 27, 2012

The Folk Night (7:30 pm every 3rd Friday of the month) is not to be missed. It's held in the historic Salmon Bothy which provides a very suitable ambience. Entry is only £3 which includes a hot drink and biscuit at the interval. You an also take your own snacks and drinks (including alcohol). The singing and music is a mix of contemporary and traditional and some is of a very standard. Not to be missed!

Visited January 2012
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