Going for gold

Four different Dumfries & Galloway businesses and individuals took home the trophies at this year’s Central South West Regional Thistle Awards

Taking place at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel on 4 November, the awards celebrate excellence, innovation and success within the local tourism industry.

Winners included The Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail, which was named the ScotRail Best Visitor Attraction. Judges described the popular attraction as “a highly valued and great visitor experience”, while its organisers were praised for their passion and ‘can do attitude’.

The closely contested Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience category was won by Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, which claimed the title ahead of fellow Dumfries & Galloway finalists, Galloway Activity Centre and Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Galloway Forest Park.

The judges were particularly impressed by Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre’s unique range of products (including a horizontal bungee) which “seem to be constantly evolving, to attract and enthuse many different visitors.” The company was also commended for the ambition of its dedicated team and its “very impressive customer feedback on social media.”

Dalbeattie’s Kerr Cottage B&B was named the Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House, impressing judges with its clear commitment to customer service and high level of repeat business.

Finally, Robin Baird of What’s Going On Dumfries & Galloway was named Regional Ambassador in another category dominated by the region. Other finalists included Keith Muir, Head of Tourism at Galloway Forest Park and Vincent and Ruby Marr of Marrbury Smokehouse, Carsluith Castle.

The regional award winners will now go on to fly the flag for Dumfries & Galloway and the wider Central South West region at the glittering national finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards at Edinburgh’s EICC in March next year.

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The Dumfries & Galloway winners with their awards


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