Awards galore for the Highlands

The Highlands and Moray have been celebrating success in the Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015, with a Thistle winner, a sustainable award and plenty of Taste Our Best activity.

Congratulations go to luxury lodges, Eagle Brae, who were named Best Holiday Accommodation at the Scottish Thistle Awards national finals at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow on 5 March. Eagle Brae

Nominations are now open for the Scottish Thistle Awards 2015/2016. To enter or for further information on the Scottish Thistle Awards visit

Eagle Brae welcomes visitors to luxury log cabins in the Scottish Highlands but is not the only Highland's business that has been celebrating in recent months. Caithness-based seafood restaurant, The Captain’s Galley in Scrabster was awarded the UK’s Sustainable Restaurant of The Year at the Sustainable Restaurant Awards on 23 February. The award recognises the restaurant’s policy of only serving food that is in season and in plentiful supply. Congratulations to owners Jim and Mary Cowie for demonstrating a great respect for the quality of local produce.

This is a great example of a business using locally sourced produce, an idea that is at the centre of VisitScotland’s Taste Our Best Quality Assurance scheme. Since the start of the year, six businesses in the Highlands and Moray have achieved a Taste Our Best: 

  • Leanach Farm, Inverness 
  • Best Western Plus Lochardil House Hotel, Inverness 
  • Tigh na Sith Guest House, Lochinver 
  • Tulach Ard, Grantown on Spey 
  • The Glenlivet Distillery, Ballindalloch 
  • Dunroamin, Aviemore

Taste Our Best is VisitScotland’s Food and Drink Quality Assurance scheme, a joint initiative with the Scottish Government. The scheme recognises businesses that use and promote Scottish produce, served with pride to deliver a quality eating experience. This is particularly important in 2015 the Year of Food and Drink Scotland.

Research has shown that sampling local produce is now the second most popular activity undertaken by visitors during their stay in Scotland and they are prepared to pay a premium price for quality food with Scottish or regional origin, which can have a direct positive impact on the bottom line.

Find out more about how you can become involved with Taste Our Best.

As well as these exciting awards for businesses in the region, there are a number of other business sector awards currently open for entries across the country, which all contribute to our visitor economy. For example, the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 is open for entries until 6 April includes categories for holiday providers, destinations and initiatives. Find our more and enter now.

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All the winners at Scottish Thistle Awards ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow.

Thumbnail image credit: Chris Watt ©


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