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 Accommodation: Eagle Brae  

Best Visitor Attratourism and hospitality hearction: Isle of Raasay Distillery

Highland Ambassador: Anne Gracie 

Highland Rising Star: Christina Smith, Ness Walk Hotel 

Innovation in Tourism: The Majestic Line  

Most Hospitable B&B / Guest House: Glenegedale House 

Tourism and Hospitality Hero: James Ryan, Culloden Battlefield & VisitorCentre  

Working Together for Tourism: Destination Orkney  

The following individuals / businesses were awarded Highly Commended certificates: 

Best Bar / Pub COMMENDATION: MacGregor’s Bar 

Best Cultural Event or Festival COMMENDATION: Tiree Music Festival 

Best Hotel Experience COMMENDATION: Mackays Hotel 

Best Outdoor / Adventure Experience COMMENDATION: Caledonian Discovery 

Best Restaurant Experience COMMENDATION: The Pierhouse Hotel 

Highland Rising Star COMMENDATION: Catriona McIntosh, Culloden Battlefield & Visitor Centre 

Jordan Clark, Pennygate Lodge 

  • 22nd March  Nominations and Entries Open
  • 27th May – Nominations Close
  • 10th June – Entries Close
  • 5th September – Shortlist Announced
  • 4th November – Awards Ceremony and Dinner
 "At Etive the HITA experience has been great and with the Finals pending we are still seeing its rewards in live time, it is still commented on by guests that follow our social media platforms and they are excited to experience what the judges have awarded us for."
David Lapsley - Etive Restaurant
"We were absolutely blown away! We decided to take 12 members of our team for the big night in Inverness and with such great competition we were all happy to have just been nominated but to WIN was the icing on the cake. To see our teams faces when it was announced was a moment I will never forget."
Gary Curley - Sligachan Hotel
"The Awards gave us an opportunity to increase our business profile. Both within the tourism sector in the Highlands and also to potentially bring in more customers. It was quite a buzz to find out we were in the finals of the Awards."
Cory Jones - Gairloch Canoe
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