Awards aplenty for Argyll & The Isles

A number of businesses from Argyll & The Isles are celebrating their successes in the country’s most prestigious tourism awards. The Central South West regional finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards, which took place on Wednesday 4 November at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel, and at the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards held at Drumossie Hotel in Inverness on Friday 13 November both celebrate excellence, innovation and success in the tourism industry.

Businesses based in the Helensburgh and Lomond area were entered into the Central South West Scottish Thistle Awards with the rest of Argyll & The Isles heading north for the Highlands and Islands Tourism Award.

Forest Holidays Ardgartan won the award for Best Holiday Accommodation at the Scottish Thistle Awards regional finals with La Barca Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar, Riverbank Bar & Restaurant and Cattle & Creel Steakhouse and Seafood Bar picking up the the Scotland CAN DO Award for Innovation in Tourism.

Gail Ritchie of Ardmay House International Summer School was the winner of the HIT Scotland Regional Young Ambassador Award and Amy Lyons of Cameron House Hotel was a finalist in the same category.

At the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards almost half of the sixteen awards on offer went to Argyll & The Isles businesses.

Argyll & The Isles businesses and events winning their category were:

• Best Cultural Event – Tiree Music Festival
• Best Sporting Event – Tiree Wave Classic
• Best Holiday Accommodation – Torrisdale Castle Estate, Kintyre
• Best Restaurant Experience – Ninth Wave Restaurant, Isle of Mull
• Most Hosptiable B&B / Guest House – Ardtorna Bed and Breakfast, Oban
• HITA Hospitality Hero – Emma Clark, Glenegadale House, Isle of Islay
• HITA Ambassador of the Year – Calum Ross, Loch Melfot Hotel, Oban

The winners of both the regional finals will now go on to fly the flag for Argyll & The Isles at the glittering national Scottish Thistle Awards final which will be held next March at the EICC in Edinburgh during the 2016 Scottish Tourism Week’s Signature Programme.

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The team from La Barca, Riverbank and Cattle & Creel picking up the Scotland CAN DO Award for Innovation in Tourism.

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