The results are in! – Scottish Thistle Awards

The 2019 Scottish Thistle Awards took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last night where winners from five regional awards competed to find the very best in the Scottish Tourism industry.

The winners of the night were:
MacGregor’s Bar  – Best Bar/Pub
Cruise Loch Ness– Best Visitor Attraction
Celtic Connections– Best Cultural Event or Festival
Kieran Rose of Borthwick Castle in Midlothian– Tourism and Hospitality Hero
Sweeney’s Cruise Co– Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience
European Orthodontic Society Congress 2018 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre– Best Business Event     
Eat on the Green– Best Eating Experience                           
The Real Mary’s Kings Close– Best Heritage Tourism Experience
Leny Estate – Best Self Catering Accommodation Experience
European Tour– Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open – Best Sporting Event
Wigtown Festival Company– Innovation in Tourism
Meldrum House Country House & Golf Course– Most Hospitable Hotel
Association of Scotland’s Self Caterers– Paws for a Break – Working Together for Tourism
Newton Farm Holidays & Tours– Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House

The HITA team would like to congratulate all finalists and winners of the night, with a special mention to our Highlands and Islands 2018 winners, Macgregor’s and Cruise Loch Ness, for bringing their prestigious trophies back home to the Highlands.

Another special mention to our Board Member, in his accolade, Willie Cameron (also known as Mr Loch Ness), director of Loch Ness Marketing and founding director of the Cobbs Group, who was awarded with the  prestigious Caledonian MacBrayne Silver Thistle Award. 


Nominations and entries are now open for the 2019 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards and if you’re involved in our region’s tourism industry then we strongly encourage you to enter. 

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