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Celebrating The Best Of Scottish Tourism: Winners Of The Scottish Thistle Awards Announced

Celebrating the Best of Scottish Tourism: Winners of the Scottish Thistle Awards Announced

The Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) is proud to have supported the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final, which took place on Thursday 9 February at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. The awards, delivered by VisitScotland and sponsored by Johnstons of Elgin, celebrate the best of Scotland’s hospitality, tourism, and events sector.

The Scottish Thistle Awards support the ambitions of the national tourism strategy, Outlook 2030, by championing innovation, collaboration, and sustainable practices. Every entry was required to provide evidence on how their business addresses low carbon economy, inclusivity, thriving communities, and Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage.

The SLTA was proud to sponsor the Best Bar or Pub award, which was presented by Honorary SLTA President Marshall Bain to MacGregor’s Bar. The bar’s owners, Bruce MacGregor and Jo De Sylva, were praised by the judges for their collaboration with catering and events companies during the challenging period and for creating a virtual online show, “Live at 5”, which attracted audiences around the world.

The Scottish Thistle Awards are delivered in partnership with the Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards and the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards and are supported by a panel of industry representatives. For more information, please visit the Scottish Thistle Awards website.

Category Winner 
Silver Thistle Calum RossLoch Melfort Hotel, Oban
Best B&B or Guest House Experience
Sponsored by Abbey UK
Lys-Na-Greyne Aboyne
Best Bar or Pub
Sponsored by the Scottish Licensed Trade Association
MacGregor’s BarInverness
Best Eatery Experience WeeCOOK Kitchen Carnoustie
Best Hotel Experience (Over 20 rooms)
Sponsored by Fishers
Auchrannie ResortIsle of Arran
Best Hotel Experience (Under 20 Rooms)Douneside House Aboyne
Best Outdoor Adventure Experience Wild Discovery Ballater
Best Self Catering Accommodation ExperienceMorton of Pitmilly St Andrews
Great Day Out Award (voted for by the readers of the Scottish Sun)The Helix; Home of the Kelpies Falkirk
Food Tourism Award
Sponsored by J Thomson Colour Printers
Thyme Deli & Bistro at Errichel Farm Aberfeldy 
Outstanding Cultural Event or FestivalEdinburgh International Festival 
Tourism & Hospitality Hero
Sponsored by HIT Scotland
Graham Rooney, Platform 1864 Tain 
Working Together for Tourism
Sponsored by Historic Environment Scotland
A Taste to Gaia Edinburgh Science
Best Business EventScottish Event Campus (SEC)
Best Luxury Experience
Sponsored by The Macallan 
Glenmorangie House Tain 
Outstanding Sporting EventThe 150th Open St Andrews
Responsible Tourism Award
Sponsored by The Times 
Comrie Croft Crieff 

Image Credit © Chris Watt

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