Scottish Thistle Awards

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, Highland Ambassador and our new Environmental category will automatically become a finalist at the Scottish Thistle Awards in March 2022.

For over 25 years the Scottish Thistle Awards have been honouring individuals, businesses, partnerships and events for their innovation, excellence and success in the hospitality and tourism sector.

The Scottish Thistle Awards is based on 5 regional programmes. The regions that make up the regional programmes are:

  • Aberdeen City and Shire

  • Central, Fife and Tayside

  • Highlands and Islands

  • Lothians and Borders

  • West

The winners of each region will progress to the National Final awards ceremony to represent their region at a national level.

You can submit an entry for the same category in more than one region if your business operates in more than one region. You must complete a unique entry form for each region you are entering.

  • 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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