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A group from The Bothie
What is Action Kintore?

Action Kintore SCIO is a registered charity with a board of local volunteers. It was set up in 2009 to provide facilities for the young people of and around Kintore. This project is known as the Bothie.

More recently Action Kintore has added the Town House project to its remit. Action Kintore is examining the options to bring our magnificent 18th century Town House back into use for the community. This is clearly a long-term project.

Action Kintore became a SCIO in February 2020. SCIO stands for "Scottish Charity Incorporated Organisation" and is a legal status that has been specifically established to suit the Scottish voluntary sector.

What is The Bothie?

The Bothie is the youth initiative of Action Kintore.

It started out holding meetings in the Town House, but found the location limiting in the scope it could offer for young people in our community. It was decided to raise funds for a purpose built building

Opened in December 2013, The Bothie is right in the heart of Kintore – just 200 yards from The Square and the Town House – in Allandale Gardens (immediately behind Moar’s Furniture Store). It is constructed from environmentally-friendly straw bales covered with a lime mortar, giving an excellent energy efficiency, good soundproofing and a very low carbon footprint.

The Bothie is home to a range of youth and community groups and with the help of volunteers and youth workers, we are able to set up and provide a safe, fun environment for the young people of Kintore and district. Workers do sessions and provide advice and support on specific topics and issues that are established through needs assessments and informal chats with young people, thus enabling them to deal with certain situations more effectively.

The Bothie youth evenings and events are all free-of-charge, and the building and support staff are funded entirely from grants and fundraising, so it needs all the help it can get to support and maintain the services provided for these young people.

For more information on The Bothie go to our Facebook page. To support our charitable work go to our LocalGiving page.
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How can I help?

As a charity, we rely on fundraising and donations to carry out our work. You can donate at our LocalGiving page.

If you buy things from Amazon, go to and click on the charity just under the left of the search bar. Search and select “Action Kintore SCIO”. Now Amazon will make a donation to Action Kintore for all your purchases.

If you want to get involved by volunteering, fundraising, or other forms of support, please contact

Can I book The Bothie for an event?

The Bothie is ideal for business meetings, keep fit and exercise classes, craft classes and training sessions. It also a perfect venue for birthday parties and social gatherings of up to 50 people.

One way that money can be raised for the running costs of the charity is to rent out The Bothie. It is used by many, including an Art Group, Yoga Classes, Local Angling Club, Council Departments and individuals and birthday parties.

To enquire about availability, rates and to make a booking enquiry email

What of the future for Action Kintore?

Action Kintore SCIO is now applying for a Community Asset Transfer to take a lease on the beautiful and historic Kintore Town House.

The ambitious plan is to install a rear glazed atrium and lift to enable disabled access, upgrade both floors to provide function/events room, bar, kitchen and toilets, an area for displays relating to our Roman, Pict, Agricultural history, perhaps a feature around the fact that it was used as a jail in the early years.

A commercial venture is also proposed to bring the Town House to life and help it to be financially viable.

This will require a lot of fundraising, so your help and support will be needed to bring this to fruition and with committed and enthusiastic people Kintore can do this!

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