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Banffshire Coast News

Salmon Bothy scores top tourism accolade

A north-east harbour building which has been lovingly restored by residents has scored a top tourism accolade.  Portsoy's Salmon Bothy, which attracts more than 3,000 visitors each year, has been upgraded to 4-Star status by VisitScotland. 

The harbour-side building was bought by the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival committee in 2006.  More than £400,000 was raised by volunteers for the restoration project.  After 2 years of work, the bothy was re-opened to the public.  It is now home to a museum, a genealogical research centre and a community facility known as Upstairs at the Bothy.  The bothy is used by local groups, including painting, craft and knitting clubs.  It also offers boatbuilding courses for school children, as well as traditional music via Folk at the Salmon Bothy.  The upstairs section has also been used for exhibitions, parties and even weddings.

The building is managed by a voluntary team and remains part of the Festival committee which is a registered charity. 

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