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The Gin Bothy, Kirriemuir, Angus


Case Study Safeguarding rural tradition, community and industry The Gin Bothy, Kirriemuir, Angus www.helpingithappen.co.uk
Case Study Safeguarding rural tradition, community and industry Originally a jam making venture using locally grown fruits and berries, an excess of fresh berry juice as a by-product of the jam process has brought Kim Cameron to the artisan industry of specialist gin making.

However, far from being a side-line, Kim's passion for quality and provenance in all she produces has created a business of the finest quality which, despite still being a fledgling enterprise, has already won recognition through national great taste awards.

Kim is to be applauded for her ongoing and unceasing commitment to the quality of her products. As success grows, the temptation may be to expand and become more industrial but, although her business certainly is expanding, she has not moved away from her roots in the heart of the Angus Glens.

Kim's ingredients are all locally sourced, often grown purely wild, and follow the fruit calendar of Scotland. The whole process, undertaken with a small, dedicated team working out of their traditional stone cottage headquarters in Kirriemuir is hands on and organic.

Inspiration is born from the old bothies that grace Scotland's hills and glens which provided much needed shelter for years to the men and women that worked in these remote parts. They have become loved by hill walkers as a hugely practical and yet romantic feature of Scotland's incredible landscape, holding in their old stone walls a promise of so much history. And driven by her passion for Scotland's history and heritage, Kim is keeping the traditional recipes and processes alive. This love can be tasted in all her products, the range of which continues to grow and now also includes (thanks to a healthy harvest of Angus apple crop) the Cider Bothy alongside the Jam and Gin Bothies.

Kim has a vision to showcase the traditional crafts that go into making her products, and also aims to partner with other local artisan craftsmen, all dedicated to retaining these skills and to offer quality local produce. To this end, Kim is embarking on the latest chapter in The Gin Bothy story having secured the vacant National Trust site in Glamis which will allow this part of Kim's vision to take shape.

Such is Kim's attachment to Scotland's rural landscape and community that this inspirational rural champion has also offered up her Sloe Gin to help tell the story of the life, work and management that is so vital to a continued, viable rural existence. Sloe Gin made from wild berries harvested last summer will be specially partnered with The Scottish Gamekeepers Association, without the work of whose members the flora, fauna and land would not be the splendour that it is for all to enjoy.

This is no small gesture by Kim and not the first partnership she has embraced having promoted previously the work of The Woodlands Trust in their efforts to safeguard Scotland's Caledonian Pine Forest from where Kim gathers ingredients in her Bothy Original Gin.

Through these initiatives Kim acknowledges the pivotal work carried out by these organisations into safeguarding our rural landscape. Sloe gin has a long-established relationship with fieldsports which are a key net contributor to the rural economy of which Kim herself remains firmly a part. Ambassadors such as Kim Cameron, through the platform of her rural business give rural Scotland a very real and valuable opportunity to promote and educate on a national and international scale the value of Scotland's landscape and all that makes it what it is.

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