The Scottish Thistle Awards

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interior of the National Museum

inside the National Museum in Edinburgh, the attraction that received the highest number of visitors and won a Scottish Thistle Award

Organised by VisitScotland in association with the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards, Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, HIT Scotland, Scotland Food and Drink, Scottish Licenced Trade Association, Scottish Tourism Alliance, sportscotland and Wild Scotland, the Scottish Thistle Awards were announced last Thursday.

As readers will be aware, last November, Just about Travel covered the regional heats across Scotland that resulted in those winners going forth to the Thistle ones. The same categories are covered with no new ones and Just about Travel bemoans the fact again that there were no specific categories for customer satisfaction or service. Having said that, there is a satisfaction and service element in each of the awards.

Freda Newton, who owns and manages Loch Ness by Jacobite, was rewarded for her role in tourism with the Silver Thistle Award

National Museums Scotland was adjudged to be the best visitor attraction winner and the Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh which were organised by Unique Events won the top award in the Best Cultural Event or Festival section. The Oban Winter Festival received a special commendation.  CalMac Ferries received the Working Together for Tourism award.

Comrie Croft in Crieff collected the Scotland CAN DO Award for Innovation in Tourism and Laggan Outdoor Acitivity Centre in Gatehouse of Fleet won the award for best outdoor or adventure experience. It was the Glasgow 2015 FIG World Gymnastics Championships that was voted the award of Best Sporting Event.

Loch Seaforth at sea

Loch Seaforth, one of the larger ferries in the CalMac fleet

In the food section of the awards, No 10 Bar & Restaurant in Aberdeen was declared to provide the Best Informal Eating Experience and the GAMBA Seaford Restaurant and Bar in Glasgow walked away with the award of Best Restaurant Experience. MacGochans in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull was thought to be the friendliest pub or bar.

Mill of Nethermill Holidays in Fraserburgh was voted Best Accommodation Provider and Brookford B&B in St John’s Town of Dalry was considered the most hospitable B&B or Guesthouse. Kinloch Lodge Hotel & Restaurant won the Most Hospitable Hotel section.

Finally there is the Tourism and Hospitality Hero section. This was won by Jean Ryrie from Jurys Inn at Aberdeen Airport and there was a special commendation for Hamish Reid who is based at the The Abbotsford Trust in the Borders.

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