The 2016 / 2017 Central, Fife & Tayside Regional Winners

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One of the sculptures on the trail Image © Rob Roy Country – Loch Earn Tourism Initiative

There have been more tourism awards given out in Scotland recently, one of them being for the area covering Fife, Tayside and the central area of the country.

As with other Scottish tourism awards, the words “friendliest” and “hospitable” replace the much less appealing “best” for some of the awards connected to eating.  The Royal Arch Bar & Bistro in Broughty Ferry won the Friendliest Bar/Pub award, Newton Farm Holidays near Forfar collected the Most Hospitable B&B/Guesthouse award and the M0st Hospitable Hotel award went to Apex City Quay Hotel & Spa in Dundee.

Likewise, individuals were singled out for awards rather than just organisations. Tome Lewis from the Mhor Group in Lochearnhead was named Regional Ambassador; Douglas Clement from Kingsbarns Distillery received the title of Tourism and Hospitality Hero and Adam Newth from The Tayberry Restaurant which is also in Broughty Ferry was judged to be the Regional Rising Star.

The Best Visitor Attraction was won by the Dundee based Scotland’s Jute Museum@Verdant Works which is part of the Dundee Heritage Trust and the Solas Festival (which will return next June) collected the award for Best Cultural Event. The equivalent in the sporting arena was the FEI European Eventing Championship held at Blair Castle in Pitlochry. Go Ape in Aberfoyle picked up the award for Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience with Comrie Croft in Crieff walking away with the Innovation in Tourism award. BLiSS Trail Art Installations in Lochearnhead  collected the Working Together for Tourism Award. BLiSS stands for Balquidder, Lochearnhead, Strathyre and St Fillans and the co-operation between them has resulted in trails and public art.

That leaves just three awards, all of which are adjudged “Best” whereas I think it would have been better if the organisers had continued to use the “friendliest” or “most hospitable” words.  Portnellan in Crianlarich won the Best Accommodation Provider, Cromlix in Dunblane  (Andy Murray’s luxury boutique hotel venture) won the Best Restaurant Experience award and Alibob @ Cairn O’Mhor in Errol too the final award, that of Best Informal Eating Experience.

Like other winners in Scotland, these will go forward to the Scottish Thistle Awards which will be awarded next year.

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