Lucky for some: awards success on Friday 13th

From best informal eating, to adventure experience; and from friendliest to innovative – the diversity and award-winning quality of the tourism industry in the Highlands and Moray was showcased at this year’s Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, with eight local businesses winning awards.

Held on Friday 13 November at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness, the awards were delivered by the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards with support from VisitScotland. The accolades recognise the hard work and commitment of the hospitality and tourism sectors, and celebrate those businesses that have led the way to deliver superlative services and customer care.

Winners included:

  • Best Informal Eating Experience – Mountain Café (Aviemore)
  • Best Outdoor / Adventure Experience – Skye Adventure
  • Friendliest Pub / Bar – Applecross Inn (Wester Ross)
  • Innovation Award – North Highland Initiative
  • Most Hospitable Hotel – Kylesku Hotel (Sutherland)
  • Tourism Everyone's Business – WOW Scotland Tours Ltd
  • Young Ambassador of the Year – Kyle Beattie, Boots N Paddles (Inverness)
  • Best Visitor Attraction – Aberlour Distillery (Speyside)




The Innovation Award was a new addition to the awards this year. The inaugural winner – North Highland Initiative – is working on North Coast 500. This 500-mile circular coastal road route, dubbed ‘Scotland’s Route 66’, is designed to attract visitors to the northern Highlands.

All regional winners will now represent the Highlands and Moray at the glittering national ceremony of the Scottish Thistle Awards on 18 March 2016 in Edinburgh, the grand finale of Scottish Tourism Week 2016.

Find out more about the Scottish Thistle Awards and the national final 

Pictured: Stephen Carter OBE, VisitScotland Board; All HITA award winners. Photos courtesy of sponsors, Scottish Provincial Press.


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