A successful Kirriemuir based company which launched its first gin in 2014 has announced plans to expand with the creation of a new visitor centre in Angus. 

Kim Cameron, owner of Gin Bothy, stated that she will move the Gin Bothy visitor experience side of the business to new premises in Angus – pending planning and licencing permissions.

The new and updated “Bothy Experience” will be situated within a building which dates back to 1793, and was once home to the popular Angus Folk Museum at Kirkwynd, Glamis.

The building was previously run by the National Trust and can be found within the grounds of Glamis Castle.

Gin Bothy

An artist’s impression of the new visitor centre. Picture: The Gin Bothy

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 that the gin producer says the new attraction “would like to continue to provide”.

The visitor experience will feature two tasting rooms, built to showcase the award-winning range of Gin Bothy gins and cider. Both 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 set to finish in 2019.

The distilling and packaging side of the Gin Bothy will continue to be carried out within the company’s HQ based in Kirriemuir.

Kim Cameron, owner of The Gin Bothy, said: “This is an exciting new development for 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.

Alistair Fitchet of AJFitchet, said: “We were delighted to be approached by the Gin Bothy to help design an environment where The Bothy Experience can come to life.

“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.”

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Sean Murphy

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.

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