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The Salmon Bothy

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Address: Links Road, | Portsoy, Portsoy AB45 2SS, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1261 842951
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Fri - Sun 12:00 - 16:00
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Completed in 1834 and recently restored, the Bothy is a superb example of a...

Completed in 1834 and recently restored, the 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, plus 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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A bit of history

It was really interesting seeing how they preserved salmon after it was caught in years gone by. They had two boats inside which were amazing, I was also shown the room upstairs... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 August 2016
Lizcha2015
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Oldmeldrum, United Kingdom

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Disappointed that the Bothy was not open during our week in Portsoy so never got to see inside.Would have been good as there is a nice walking tour around the village and takes you to the bothy

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Oldmeldrum, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

It was really interesting seeing how they preserved salmon after it was caught in years gone by. They had two boats inside which were amazing, I was also shown the room upstairs were they used to mend the nets, which is now used for weddings, funeral teas, parties and clubs.

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Thank Lizcha2015
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This small locally run museum has lots of interesting information with volunteer staff who know their history and explain it very well. It is free and they only ask for a donation. If you have family connections in the past with Portsoy they are the people to ask. At the moment there is a small exhibition commemorating the local lads... More 

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Thank geodor7
Portsoy, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

The bothy is full of local fishing memorabilia including a small boat and a lot of interesting old photos. With a practical large exhibition/performance space upstairs it is well worth a visit.

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Thank IAN L
Lancaster, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

My dad (aged 76), daughter (aged 17) and myself (aged 46) really enjoyed this experience. We had a lovely gentleman explain the history in depth and could relate to the history as his family had been a part of it. They also ran craft workshops in the tea room by volunteers which was very interesting. They got the local children... More 

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

This small museum is well worth a visit, it tells the story of how the fishermen and their family's lived, not so very long ago. The couple who own it have also converted the upstairs room into a meeting place for local residents who use it for meetings, craft classes etc. tea & biscuits are also provided at a small... More 

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Thank Brenda S
Inverness, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

The Salmon Bothy was closed, with no notice about when it might re-open. Disappointing as we'd read about it and seen it on the website and thought it looked an interesting place to visit.

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Thank Laggan2015
Cellardyke, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We have toured the museum two different years and attended events upstairs three or four times when we are in Portsoy and love it. There are speakers, fundraisers, films, poetry readings, etc. as well as local groups' meetings in the upstairs of the Bothy. Restoration was excellent and the volunteers who operate the Bothy are to be highly commended.

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london
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Didn't get past the door as its closed weekdays. Run by volunteers this is fair enough but just make sure you go on the right day. Free parking is nearby. We enjoyed a walk around Portsoy instead.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

Portsoy Salmon Bothy is much more than just a museum. Built as an ice-house in 1834, it includes a tiny sleeping bothy which once provided accommodation for the salmon fishermen who worked there. Upstairs the old net loft now hosts a variety of events and activities. There's no charge for entry, but donations help to maintain this unique and atmospheric... More 

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