Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2019 - Shortlist Announced!

The shortlist for the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2019 can be seen below.

The esteemed Awards, now in their 15th year, identify, highlight and reward excellence throughout the hospitality industry within the Highlands and Islands.  

For 2019 there are 15 Awards up for grabs covering the various facets of the customer / visitor experience of our tourism industry. The winners will be announced at our prestigious Awards Ceremony and Dinner which will take place on Friday 1st  November 2019 at the Drumossie Hotel, in the capital and heart of the Highlands, Inverness.

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 in March 2020.


Best Bar / Pub

MacGregor’s Bar

Sligachan Hotel

The Malt Room


Best Cultural Event 

Cowal Highland Gathering

HebCelt Festival

Tiree Music Festival


Best Heritage Tourism Experience

Highland Malt Whisky Experience

Johnstons of Elgin

WOW Scotland


Best Hotel Experience

Kingsmills Hotel

Links House at Royal Dornoch

Mackays Hotel


Best Informal Eating Experience

Café One One Two

Coll Hotel

The Redshank Catering Company


Best Outdoor / Adventure Experience

Caledonian Discovery

Gairloch Canoe and Kayak Centre

Seaflower Skye


Best Restaurant Experience

Etive Restaurant

Links House at Royal Dornoch

The Pierhouse Hotel


Best Self Catering Accommodation 

Aspen Lodge

Eagle Brae

Handpicked Lodges

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage


Best Visitor Attraction

Isle of Raasay Distillery

Johnstons of Elgin

The Highlanders’ Museum


Highland Ambassador

Announced on the evening


Highland Rising Star

Catriona McIntosh, Culloden Battlefield

Christina Smith, Ness Walk Hotel

Jordan Clark, Pennygate Lodge


Innovation in Tourism

Argyll & The Isles Tourism Cooperative

Chalmersquoy Accommodation

Mull Aquarium

The Majestic Line


Most Hospitable B&B / Guest House

Button-Ben Guest House

Glenegedale House

The Spey B&B


Tourism and Hospitality Hero

Abbie Ewart, Portavadie Loch Fyne

Calum Mackenzie, Calums Seal Trips

James Ryan, Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre

Siobhan Beatson, Ullapool Museum


Working Together for Tourism

Destination Orkney

Outer Hebrides Tourism

Skye Connect Ltd

In association with the Scottish Thistle Awards