Thistle Awards in full bloom


HOTEL, bed and breakfast and restaurant businesses across the country have been honoured at VisitScotland’s Scottish Thistle Awards.

Blythswood Square in Glasgow took the Best Hotel Award at the ceremony in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Whitehouse Country House in Melrose was named Best Guest House or Bed and Breakfast, and Morag’s Lodge in Fort Augustus took the award for Best Self-Service Accommodation.
Room with a View Seafood Restaurant in Aberdour won the Best Café, Restaurant or Bar category, while the Tourism Entrepreneur Award went to Auchrannie Resort on the Isle of Arran.
The Silver Thistle Award for outstanding contribution to the country’s tourism industry went to Ian Cleaver of Argyll-based coach tour operator Highland Heritage; recognition was also given to Mark Andrews, director of Disney-Pixar film Brave which is set in Scotland, who received the Global Scottish Thistle Award.
“Scotland’s tourism industry makes an immense contribution to the economy and the Scottish Thistle Awards recognises and celebrates excellence in the sector,” said tourism minister Fergus Ewing.

Image – Silver Thistle Award winner Ian Cleaver (second right) with (from left) tourism minister Fergus Ewing, Mike Cantlay, host Catriona Shearer and Malcolm Roughead.