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Welcome to The Bothie

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Safe, fun and inspiring support for our young people

The Bothie is the youth initiative of Action Kintore SCIO – the Royal Burgh of Kintore community charity. 

The realisation of the vision for The Bothie, was a remarkable achievement. This was a substantial undertaking for Action Kintore, which is composed largely of volunteers from the community.

Thanks to support and encouragement from the community, hard-working volunteers and trustees, the young people themselves, our local councillors, Kintore and District Community Council and Aberdeenshire Council, our vision has become a reality. 

The Bothie's Youth and Volunteer Co-ordinator, Rachel Lewis, works with a team of helpers and volunteers to organise sessions on specific topics and issues.

There is a focus on advice and support to foster personal development. A key aim is to build resilience to face life's challenges.

We have groups catering for:

  • Primary pupils P5-P7.  

  • Young and Free to Speak (YAFTS) S1-S3

  • Stand up (4U) S3+

We want to make our support truly accessible. So, participating in the sessions at The Bothie is free-of-charge. 

As a community charity, The Bothie’s services are funded entirely from donations, grants and fundraising. 

You can help by

  • donating at

  • volunteering, or raising funds for Action Kintore.

  • by renting the The Bothie for events, when it is not being used by our young people (see the section on renting The Bothie for events). 

The SCIO in Action Kintore SCIO confirms we are a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation registered with OSCR, the Scottish Charity Regulator.

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‘It is the place we can meet and strengthen our friendships and make new ones’

‘I want to come to The Bothie to become more confident and stronger’

‘It makes us happy and encourages us to make new friends.’

‘I enjoy coming to The Bothie because it’s gives me a chance to talk about issues I’m dealing with and to get advice.'​

‘The Bothie is already giving me opportunities’

‘Coming here helps you clear your mind’

‘I come to the Bothie because I’ve needed help’

‘The Bothie is already giving me opportunities’

'The Bothie and its staff are very important to me’

‘The Bothie and staff have allowed me to open up about my medical health and speak to people about it.' 

‘It’s a confidence booster'

'I never once dreamed about confronting my issues. But, through the help and support of the staff at the Bothie, I’ve been able to get help.’

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Realising the vision

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The opening of The Bothie on Saturday, December 7, 2013 was the realisation of a five-year vision by Kintore community charity, Action Kintore SCIO.

Our dream was to provide a youth cafe as a place for young people in and around Kintore to gather.

With the support of many local organisations and businesses, construction work on the £140,000 project began in June 2013, using an environmentally friendly strawbale construction.

The realisation of the vision, was a remarkable achievement.

The Bothie project was a substantial undertaking for Action Kintore, which is composed largely of volunteers from the community.

Thanks to the support and encouragement of the people in and around Kintore, hard-working volunteers, the young people themselves, our local councillors, Kintore and District Community CouncilAberdeenshire Council and both corporate and individual donors the vision became a reality

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Inspiring our young people

The youth sessions in The Bothie are all free of charge, and the building and support staff are funded entirely from grants and fundraising. So Action Kintore needs all the help it can get to support and maintain the services provided for these young people.

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Join The Bothie

Want to come along to our groups?

Help our fundraising

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One-Time Donation

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Support and advice

Help with issues facing our young people

Bringing people together

Working to enhance education and social skills

Community involvement

Helping young people to participate in society


Providing opportunities for stimulating recreational activities


Our objectives

  • To provide a safe, welcoming environment for the young people to speak openly about their mental health issues and to share coping mechanisms with each other. 

  • To encourage support and engagement within the peer group

  • For the young people to learn methods and strategies to help themselves and other people, such as mindfulness, meditation, positive affirmations.

  • To bring in outside organisations to speak to the group and provide them with additional support.

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Book The Bothie for your event

When it is not in use for our young people, The Bothie is available to hire, by the hour, for sport, social, business or community events.

When you hire The Bothie you are not only getting an ideal event venue... you are also supporting our valuable work with young people.

The Bothie is an ideal venue for birthday parties, craft groups, fitness classes, consultation events (like the one pictured below) and more.

Just 200 yards from the Town House in the centre of Kintore, The Bothie is suitable for groups up to 50 people.

It is next to the 37 bus route and there is a car park immediately in front of the building.

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The Bothie Rental Charges 2021

Registered Charity or community organisations: 

£12.50 per hour for one off or irregular bookings.  

Bookings for 4 hours or more £11.00 per hour 

Bookings for 6 dates or more £11.00 per hour. 

Private or Business Bookings:

£15.00 per hour for one off or irregular bookings.

Booking for 4 hours or more £12.50 per hour.

Bookings for 6 dates or more £12.50 per hour.

To make an enquiry about booking The Bothie:


Call Kenny Thomson  07407 603175  

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The Bothie Booking Conditions

All hirers must leave the Bothie in a clean condition. (A cleaning charge may be applied for bookings not left in a clean condition.)

All tables and chairs must be returned to stacking area.

Hirers must not make any adjustments to the heating controls.

Any breakages or other items requiring attention must reported to Kenny on the above number or email

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How to find us

We're just off Forest Road, less than 200 yards from the Town House in the centre of the Royal Burgh of Kintore. There's a walkway from Forest Road, along the side of Moar's furniture store. Or enter from Allendale Gardens. There is a car park in front of The Bothie.

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