The West of Scotland regional tourism winners

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Loch Seaforth at sea

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

CalMac Ferries Ltd, a familiar sight to anyone who has travelled much along the coastline of the west of Scotland gained the Working Together for Tourism award at the recent West of Scotland regional tourism awards. Ferries are the only way for the visitor to get to some destinations in a reasonable amount of time and they also provide a tourist adventure in themselves giving you views of islands and coastlines that you would never see unless you could afford your own boat.

The Galloway Activity Centre at Castle Douglas was the winner of the Innovation in Tourism award and The Experience at Hillington Park was judged to be the best visitor experience. NVA’s Hinterland in Cardross picked up the top gong as having provided the best cultural event or festival  whilst Laggan Outdoor Ltd  based at Gatehouse of Fleet was judged to have supplied the best outdoor or adventure experience.  The Glasgow FIG World Gymnastics Championships were awarded the title of best sporting event.

Dundream in Stranraer was named Best Accommodation Provider and Glenapp Castle in Ballantrae was named the most hospitable hotel. Brookford B&B collected the same award in the category for B&B’s and guesthouses.

The Best Restaurant Experience award went to GAMBA in Glasgow and another Glasgow eatery, Stravaigin, collected the award for Best Informal Eating Experience. The Clachan Inn in St John’s Town of Dalry was named Friendliest Pub or Bar leaving just the final clutch of awards all of which went to individuals.

None of the winners in the last three categories came from Glasgow or particularly large towns. Is there something to be read in that? Abed Ullah from the Taj Mahal in Biggar collected the Tourism and Hospitality Hero award, Daniel Steel from Sail Scotland in Inverkip was named Regional Ambassador and Ross Coutts from Argyll Holidays in Lochgoilhead was named the Regional Rising Star for the West of Scotland.

These were the final regional tourism awards to be held in Scotland (I wonder why none were held on St Andrew’s Day which would have seemed appropriate) and the winners will now go forward for the Scottish Thistle Awards which will be decided next year in March. Just about Travel will bring you the results when they are known.

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