Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2020

The esteemed Awards, now in their 16th year, identify, highlight and reward excellence throughout the hospitality industry within the Highlands and Islands.   The Awards up for grabs cover the various facets of the customer / visitor experience of our tourism industry.

We are delighted to work together with the Scottish Thistle Awards again this year and each category winner, with the exception of our Highland Rising Star and Highland Ambassador, will automatically become a finalist at the Scottish Thistle Awards next year.

If you are involved in our region’s tourism industry then these Awards are for you. We feel that achievements, hard work and dedication are worthy of recognition, so get the recognition you deserve and enter when we launch in March 2020.  Entries will close in June, the shortlist will be announced when judging finishes in mid-September and the winners will be announced at our prestigious Awards Ceremony and Dinner which will take place on Friday 6th November 2020 at the Kingsmills Hotel, in the capital and heart of the Highlands, Inverness.

Please contact us on info@primeeventmanagement.com if you have any queries.


Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2019 Winners

Best Bar / Pub

Sligachan Hotel

Best Cultural Event or Festival

Cowal Highland Gathering

Best Heritage Tourism Experience

Johnstons of Elgin

Best Hotel Experience

Kingsmills Hotel

Best Informal Eating Experience

Café One One Two

Best Outdoor / Adventure Experience

Gairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre

Best Restaurant Experience

Etive Restaurant

Best Self Catering / Alternative Accommodation Experience

Eagle Brae

Best Visitor Attraction

Isle of Raasay Distillery

Highland Ambassador

Anne Gracie Gunn

Highland Rising Star

Christina Smith, Ness Walk

Innovation in Tourism

The Majestic Line

Most Hospitable B&B / Guest House

Glenegedale House

Tourism and Hospitality Hero

James Ryan, Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre

Working Together for Tourism

Destination Orkney


Judges commendations were also awarded on the evening to the following:

Best Bar / Pub

MacGregor’s Bar

Best Cultural Event or Festival

Tiree Music Festival

Best Hotel Experience

Mackays Hotel

Best Outdoor / Adventure Experience

Caledonian Discovery

Best Restaurant Experience

The Pierhouse Hotel

Highland Rising Star

Catriona McIntosh, Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre

Jordan Clark, Pennygate Lodge

Innovation in Tourism

Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative

Tourism and Hospitality Hero

Calum Mackenzie, Calum’s Seal Trips



In association with the Scottish Thistle Awards