Sunday, 14 December 2014

James McBeath

On this day we remember James McBeath, Lance-Corporal in 1st Battalion Gordon Highlanders, who was killed on 14th December 1914 near Ypres.  He was the son of Mary Ann Dow and the father of the renowned folk-singer Jimmy McBeath, to whom a stone is dedicated in Portsoy New Cemetery.

Friday, 28 November 2014

Christmas Market

Tomorrow, Saturday 29 November, 2014 there is a Christmas Market at the Salmon Bothy, Portsoy from 10 am - 3 pm.  There are a variety of interesting stalls to help you choose your Christmas presents.   Teas and coffees are available.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Red Dirt Skinners

We welcome The Red Dirt Skinners to the Salmon Bothy on Wednesday 26 November at 7.30 pm
Described by Classic Rock's new country magazine as'The First Couple of British Country', the Red Dirt Skinners (Rob and Sarah Skinner) met in 2009 and instantly found both a musical and romantic connection!

Seen early on in their career as a duo by Lisa-Marie Presley, who was extremely impressed by their harmonies, the couple have also worked with Paulo Nutini, Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack, Tommy Castro, and Bad Manners and have shared a stage with many others on the Blues and Country circuits.

Rarely will you see two people more comfortable on stage than the Skinners. Their live shows have been described (by R2 magazine) as “House-wreckingly good!”, and also as “refreshingly different” and “beyond perfection”.

Rob and Sarah will leave the audience in no doubt as to why there is such a buzz about them. With sublime vocal harmonies, trademark sax solos, finger picked or insanely fast strummed guitar, and (if the venue permits) live drums, Red Dirt Skinners shows are fun and interactive.

With lyrics that make you cry one minute and have you laughing the next, Rob and Sarah are also five time finalists in the UK Songwriting contest.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

O, What a Lovely War

The next film at the Bothy is on Thursday 13 November at 7pm.

O, What a Lovely War.

A movie about the First World War based on a stage musical of the same name, portraying the "Game of War" and focusing mainly on the members of one family (last name Smith) who go off to war. Much of the action in the movie revolves around the words of the marching songs of the soldiers, and many scenes portray some of the more famous (and infamous) incidents of the war, including the assassination of Duke Ferdinand, the Christmas meeting between British and German soldiers in no-mans-land, and the wiping out by their own side of a force of Irish soldiers newly arrived at the front, after successfully capturing a ridge that had been contested for some time.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Our Friend the Enemy

Soy Arts Theatre has facilitated a number of live theatre productions.  On Monday 3rd November they present ‘Our Friends the Enemy.'
'The soldiers gently sway on a cool breeze.  Neither side moves or speaks.  They examine one another like long lost brothers trying to identify these strange faces in front of them.’  Private James Boyce
The Western Front 1914: lights appear from the German trenches, ghosts rise behind the horizon, soldiers meeting between the firing lines.  The events which follow are the most astounding stories of the Great War told through the eyes of one soldier, Private James Boyce: ‘We are fighting the same enemy, just on two different sides.’  Boyce takes us on a magical haunting journey through the events surrounding the Christmas Truce.
It starts at 7 pm
Admission is £5. 

Sound Festival at the Bothy

Sound Festival
Children's drumming workshop
Join internationally renowned tabla player Kuljit Bhamra for a family friendly hands on indian drumming workshop, introducing some of the rythms and musical ideas that drive More Reels to Ragas.
1.30 pm

Red Note Ensemble
with Kuljit Bhamra, tabla and Fraser Fifield, pipes.
£8, £6 concession, £3 students under 18
3 - 4 pm

William Gordon

Today we remember William Gordon, Sergeant in the 2nd Battalion Gordon Highlanders, who was killed near Ypres on 29th October 1914.  He was the son of William & Isabella Gordon of 18 Cullen Street, Portsoy.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Next Sunday Talk

Did you have a relative who fought in the Great War of 1914-1918? Would you like to discover more about the part they played? Come along to the Salmon Bothy on Sunday 26th October at 2.30pm and hear how the discoveries we made while researching Portsoy's war casualties and others involved in the war effort. This is the next in our series of WW1 related talks. 

The usual £3 charge includes refreshments after the talk.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Personal stories: sources and resources

Do you have a relative who played a part in the Great War?  Would you like to find out more about what they did?  Come along to the Salmon Bothy on Sunday 26th October at 2.30pm to discover what records exist and where to find them.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

WW1: The Home Front

The first world war had a profound impact on the local community, even on those who weren't involved in fighting. Find out how people in Portsoy responded to global events back in 1914. Annie Scott gives the next in the series of WW1 themed talks on Sunday 19th October at 2.30pm, Upstairs at the Bothy. Her presentation, entitled "The Home Front", will focus on how local people contributed to the war effort and how the Great War affected their lives.
The admission fee of £3 includes refreshments after the talk.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Sunday Talks

The next of the Sunday Talks is on Sunday 12 October.  Charles Burnett will talk of Imperial Britain v Imperial Germany at sea 1914 - 1918.  The price is £3.  It commences at 2.30.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Old Postcards of Portsoy

Sunday's talk at the Bothy is our own Moira Miller showing post cards of Portsoy at the turn of he 20th century.  It is at the usual time of 3 pm.  If you are free please come.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Looking back at Portsoy

Come along for a peek at the past this weekend, as Moira Miller presents a fascinating collection of postcards illustrating the local area a century ago.  This is the next of our WW1 related events and will take place upstairs at the Salmon Bothy on Sunday 5th October at 2.30pm.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

About Time

The next of the Bothy Films is 'About Time'.  It is a romantic comedy.  Please come.  It is at 7 pm.  The price is the £5.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Sunday Talks

The Sunday Talks continue this week with our own Pete Danks.  You will enjoy his talk on the causes of WW1 and the leading contenders.  Please come along at 2.30 pm.  There is a cup of tea afterwards.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Open Doors

I hear that over 70 people came to the Salmon Bothy over the weekend as part of the open Doors Scheme.  Thank you to the volunteers.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Doors Open Days

Portsoy Salmon Bothy is taking part in the Doors Open Day not just on Saturday 20th September but also on Sunday 21st.  In our museum you can explore the history of salmon fishing in the local area, while upstairs you can reflect on WW1 and its impact on Portsoy.

Opening times are 10am - 4pm each day.

With other properties open in Portsoy, there's plenty to discover!

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Sunday Talks at the Bothy

Sunday Afternoon Talks

The Bothy is well known for quality Sunday Afternoon Talks.  We offer you:

14 September           Tom, Maggie and Emma Spiers with Les and Sheila Wheeler

                              “Fechts tae sing aboot.”

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Whistle my lad

Remember that there is a showing of the film 'Whistle my Lad' at the Bothy on Thursday 11 September at 7.30 pm not 7 pm as shown on the website.

Entrance is free.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

War Horse

The film War Horse will be shown at the Salmon Bothy on Thursday 4 September at 7 pm.

The film is 12 A.

We are offering 2 children free with a paying adult.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Aberdeenshire Council Open Doors

                                      The Salmon Bothy is part of Aberdeenshire Open Doors.  

It will be open on 20 and 21 September from 10 am - 4 pm.

The 4* museum will be open.

The WW1 exhibition sponsored by the Heritage Lottery will set out 'Upstairs at the Bothy". 

Please come.  

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Day Oot, 2014

The volunteers at the Salmon Bothy have a Day Oot each year.  On the 19th of August 10 volunteers set off for Upper Banffshire.  

Their first stop was Glenfarclas Distillery.  

Cheers from Moira, Lorna, Derek and Len

Brian, Alison, Aileen and Moira

The intrepid group then headed for the Mill at Knockando. 
 Lunch came first then a guided tour of the mill.

Lorna, Len and Derek enjoy their plate of home made tomato soup.  

The guide explains the spinning and carding to Doris.

Doris is shown how the woven material is teaselled.

Next it was off to the Cooperage at Craigellachie.

The group were amazed at the pace of work at the Cooperage.

The day ended at Delnashaugh.  Jack and Moya joined the group and all had an amazing high tea.

Ian Bruce and Ian Walker in Concert at the Bothy.

Please note that there are still tickets available for Concert in Bothy on Saturday by Ian Bruce and Ian Walker.
Two great songwriters with a fine sense of humour. Another very good night guaranteed.
Doors open 7pm - £10.
Hopefully see many of you on Saturday.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

WW1 Exhibition

The WW1 Exhibition opened on Monday 4th August, 2014.  
It is open everyday except Tuesday between 2-4.

Mrs Clare Russell, Lord Lieutenant for Banffshire opened the exhibition.

John talks with Iris.

Margaret is engrossed.

Leanne and Nora chat with Brian.

Helen, Doris and Moira.

Norma, Brian and Alison.

Lucy, Sheena-Kay, Anne and Linda.

Arnold and Elaine look at the dig deeper folders.

Moira and Margaret.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Portsoy and the Great War Exhibition

The exhibition has been set up.  Mrs Clare Russell, Lord Lieutenant for Banffshire will open the exhibition tomorrow, 4th August at noon.  Everyone is welcome.  A light lunch is provided.  The exhibition will be open every afternoon except Tuesdays from 2-4 pm.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014


What is The National Cèilidh Trail?

Fèis Rois is one of Scotland’s leading youth arts organisations providing opportunities for over 3,000 young people to play music and perform each year.
The National Cèilidh Trail is a professional development opportunity for outstanding young musicians who are considering a performance career in music. These young musicians have been successful at audition, have taken part in an intensive rehearsal week and they are now touring across Scotland for five weeks throughout the summer.
With their beautifully crafted songs and driving tune sets, they promise you an entertaining performance of both traditional and contemporary folk music.

Quite an exceptionally talented group. One of the best I have heard anywhere. Very accomplished musicians. A special treasure! Quote from one of last year’s visitors

Monday, 21 July 2014

Portsoy and The Great War

Final preparations are being made to present an exhibition Upstairs at the Bothy titled - Portsoy and The  Great War.  Mrs Clare Russell will open the exhibition on Monday 4th August at 1215.  Light refreshments will be served. It will be open each day from 2 - 4 except Tuesdays.  Look out for a programme of events taking place from September through to November.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

WW1 Exhibition

The aim of our exhibition is to give you the local context in the early part of the 20th century and show you the impact of WW1 on the lives of those who lived in and around Portsoy.

Five display panels depict the story:
·      Portsoy 1914;
o   People in the town had been expecting war.  On August 2nd the local naval reserve was asked to report. The 6th Gordon Highlanders were immediately recalled from its summer camp. On November 10th they left for France.
·      Portsoy soldiers at the western front;
o   The majority of recruits from Portsoy joined the 6th Gordon Highlanders and fought on the Western Front.
·      Portsoy men in the Royal Flying Corps and Navy;
o   Some 85 people served in the Navy, some in the Navy proper, some in the royal Naval Reserve but most in the drifter service.
o   At least one was in the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service which in 1917 became the Royal Air Force.
·      The Homefront in and around Portsoy;
o   The Home Front was introduced in 1915 with the battle on to grow more food, both on farms and on allotments.
·      Last Days.
o   By the end of the war over 140,000 Scottish soldiers had lost their lives, more than a quarter of those who fought. There was not one place in Scotland where all the serving men returned.

The exhibition will be opened by Mrs Clare Russell, Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire at noon on Monday 4th August, 2014.  The exhibition will remain open until 11 November, 2014, the same opening times as the Salmon Bothy museum – 2 -4 pm each day except Tuesday.  During the first week of the exhibition there will be an exhibition of memorabilia donated by members of the public and Portsoy Past and Present.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Family History

This week our family history drop-in sessions begin, continuing each Wednesday 10am - noon throughout July and August. If you are looking for advice on tracing your ancestral roots in the area, it's an unmissable opportunity!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Film Night at the Bothy - Dummy Jim

We’ve been offered the chance of special screenings of a film called “Dummy Jim” which was shot in Aberdeenshire.  It’s a mixture of documentary and fiction and tells the story of a young, profoundly deaf man from Cairnbulg near Fraserburgh who cycled in the 1950s all the way from Cairnbulg to the Artic Circle and back. It’s of local interest, a great story, a critically well received film and will be accompanied by some live music from the musicians who played on the film and a Q & A with the director, Matt Hulse.

I enclose a press release on the film which gives some information and you can check out the trailer by following this link:

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Curios Project

The CURIOS team from Aberdeen University have set a date and time for their presentation at the Salmon Bothy. This will take place on Tuesday 10th June at 6pm. It will be extremely interesting to see how they have developed the data which has been collated.

If you're interested in family/local history in the area, why not come along? There is scope for building on the foundation which now exists, so even if you haven't been involved up to now, you can still make a contribution to this exciting project!

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Doric Evening, Upstairs at the Bothy

Bill Thom and Linda Smith, two of the north-east’s finest Doric writers, will appear on Saturday 7th June (18:30) for a reading and book signing.

Banff poet Bill Thom will read from his recently published chapbook “The Quait Chiel”, a riotously entertaining ballad following the misadventures of twa aul chiels as they try to head home from the pub one night. 

Huntly-based Linda Smith, winner of the 2011 Toulmin Prize for best Doric short story, will also read a selection of her latest work. Published regularly in the Leopard magazine, Linda has most recently appeared in "Weaving Words", an anthology of poetry and prose by the Huntly Writers.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Sunshine on Leith

Some folk missed Sunshine on Leith last time around. 

Banff Rotary are sponsoring another viewing on Thursday 16 May at 7 pm.  Do come.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Visit from Architectural Heritage Society

The Architectural Heritage Society is on a Study Tour of the North East of Scotland. On Saturday fifty four people arrived at the Bothy by bus. Thank you for choosing to come to Portsoy.  It was great to meet you.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland as a Spring Study Tour to the North East of Scotland this weekend.  Fifty four people arrived by bus this morning for a tour of the Salmon Bothy.  This was followed by coffee at Beggar's Belief.   We had a great visit.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Launch of Neat Flicks

We had a wonderful day at the Salmon Bothy on Thursday.  It was the launch of Neat Flicks.  A reception was held in the Museum with whisky from Glenglassaugh, wine and canapés from Gourmet Choice.

Following the launch speeches the audience enjoyed popcorn ice cream from the local Ice Cream Shop with they watched the Salmon Fishing in theYemen.

Thanks to Karelia and her team, Moya and Jack, Moira and Peter and all those who attended.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Le Weekend

Fancy a film this Saturday.  Come to the Bothy for 7 pm.  Enjoy a cocktail and watch this excellent film.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The Puppet Show

Please note the venue...

Two Can Toucan
This is fourth year of the Top Puppet Theatre Co. 'Folding Theatre'.  
Audiences in Portsoy have enjoyed :
'The Singing Ringing Tree' and 'Briar Rose'
The show Two Can Toucan Is on 10 April at 10 am.
Institute Hall, Institute Street, Portsoy
Book tickets from

Helen 01261842307. Refreshments available.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Last in the series of our Sunday Talks

Few people know anything about the remarkable RAF Rescue boats, Donald Smith is one of those who does. Do come along and hear him tell their secrets, everything from construction to rescue operations. This is the last of this season's talks and certainly worth a special visit to the Bothy.

Puppet Show during the Easter Holidays.

Two Can Toucan
This is fourth year of the Top Puppet Theatre Co. 'Folding Theatre'.  
Audiences in Portsoy have enjoyed :
'The Singing Ringing Tree' and 'Briar Rose'
The show Two Can Toucan Is on 10 April at 10 am.
Upstairs at the Salmon Bothy
Book tickets from

Helen 01261842307. Refreshments available.


Come and watch Turbo, Upstairs at the Bothy on Tuesday 8 April at 11.00

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Come and hear Stephen MacMillan today at the Bothy

The construction of the salmon coble in Portsoy is to be the subject of a forthcoming film by Stephen Macmillan. Come along to this week's Sunday Talk to hear all about Stephen's experiences as a film-maker in Scotland. Begins 2.30pm on Sunday, Upstairs at the Bothy.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Sunday Talks

The next in our series of Sunday Talks is on Sunday 23 March.  Our own Vinay Ruparalia will talk about his involvement in Books Abroad, the Rhynie based charity which sends books all over the world. The time is 2.30 pm and a cup of tea follows the talk.

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Book Festival

It is the last day of the Book Festival today at the Bothy at 2.00 pm. The price is £5.
Louise Welsh author of short stories and psychological thrillers, a writer for the radio, stage and even an opera.  Louise will be telling us about her new book: A Lovely Way to Burn.

Lin Anderson received a good reception yesterday afternoon talking about her character Dr Rhona McLeod.  Tea and scones followed.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Bothy Book Festival

Bothy Book Festival
15th and 16th March, 2014
Salmon Bothy, Portsoy.

Sponsored by Scottish Book Trust

Saturday 10 - 12
Rose Wallace, author of a Small Town Affair and The Trouble with Keeping Mum

Saturday 2 - 4
Lin Anderson, author and crime writing creator of forensic scientist Dr Rhona MacLeod.
Lin will be talking about Dr Rhona, her new series The Black Pearl and her screenwriting.

Sunday 2 - 4
Louise Welsh author of short stories and psychological thrillers, a writer for the radio, stage and even an opera.  Louise will be telling us about her new book: A Lovely Way to Burn.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Spring Talks

The Spring Talks continue this Sunday with the Buckie Blethers.  The afternoon starts at 2.30 pm. Tea and coffee are provided.  Do come for an interesting afternoon.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Paul Williams talks about his life in South Africa

It is a nice day today.  Come to the Bothy this afternoon at 2.30 to the first of our talks.  Paul Williams will tell us about his life in South Africa.  The cost is £2 and a cup of tea follows.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Finding Nemo at the Bothy.

11 AM
Tickets available from Portsoy Icecream Shop or by calling Heather 842991 or at the door
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New Series of Talks at the Bothy

A new series of Talks, Upstairs at the Bothy commences next Sunday with our own Paul Williams telling us about his experiences of life in South Africa.  It is at 2.30.  A cup of tea follows the talk.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Sunshine on Leith

There has been a great response to the film Sunshine on Leith on Thursday 13 February.  Tickets are sold out.  Let's hope for a great night out.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Bothy Ballads and Burns

SAT 8TH FEB.  7pm.
salmon bothy

launch of 5th haal.
titch frier, bill gray, Claire white  – mc, euan mcilwraith. Haggis, neeps, tatties, trifle and a dram – only £12 –
Booking essential – 01261 842571