New Bothy Visitor Attraction for AngusNeil Hardie
A successful Kirriemuir based business who entered the booming Scottish gin industry in 2014 are once again looking to grow and venture into new horizons.
Kim Cameron, owner of Gin Bothy has announced she will move the Gin Bothy visitor experience side of the business to new premises in Angus pending planning and licencing permissions.
A new and updated “Bothy Experience” will be situated within a building dating back to 1793 that was once home to the popular Angus Folk Museum at Kirkwynd, Glamis. The building that was previously run by National Trust can be found within the grounds of Glamis Castle.
The Museum, which had to close its doors in 2017 due to structural problems was hailed as a centre for agricultural history and rural life and that is something the new visitor attraction would like to continue to provide.
The visitor experience will host two tasting rooms, built to showcase the award-winning range of Gin Bothy gins and cider. The rooms will be used for private events with one holding up to 16 gin enthusiasts and the other up to 24.
Works on the first stage of the process are expected to be completed by October 2018, with the second stage being finished by 2019.
The distilling and packaging side of the Gin Bothy will continue to be carried out within the company’s HQ based in Kirriemuir.
“This is an exciting new development for the Gin Bothy.” said Kim Cameron, owner of The Gin Bothy.
“The Bothy Experience will bring together my love of bothy songs, stories and culture, and will bring the brand to life. Bothy is the Scottish word for a home in the hills and we would like to embrace this by opening our new home to visitors worldwide.”
Dundee based architect AJFitchet were commissioned to help bring the building back to its former glory and create the potential 4-star visitor experience in Angus.
“We were delighted to be approached by the Gin Bothy to help design an environment where The Bothy Experience can come to life.” said Alistair Fitchet of AJFitchet Architect.
“I am originally an Angus country boy and I have a great passion for working with older buildings, so the opportunity to work on this important cluster of buildings was one which we grabbed with both hands.”
“We have been very careful to not disturb the existing fabric of the building too much but work sympathetically to create the new spaces.
“The biggest change will be to the cart shed at the back of the courtyard where a retail space will be formed, while still maintaining the integrity of the structure.”
“Working on this project with Gin Bothy will be a great way of showing how new life can be given to an old building.”