Tourism Stars Shine Bright at the Thistle Awards 2022Gillian Black
Tourism businesses across Central, Fife & Tayside and the Lothians and Scottish Borders have received recognition at Scotland’s premier tourism and events awards.
A total of 25 businesses and individuals received an award at the Scottish Thistle Awards regional finals for Central, Fife & Tayside and Lothian & Borders, which took place last night (Thursday 27 October) at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh.
The Scottish Thistle Awards are delivered by VisitScotland, sponsored by Johnstons of Elgin and include a media partnership with News Scotland for the first time this year. They celebrate the very best of tourism in Scotland and the excellence that is helping to rebuild this vital part of the Scottish economy in the last two years.
2022 saw more than 500 entries submitted, including almost 1,000 nominations from members of the public keen to give hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, visitor attractions and individuals the opportunity to earn the recognition they deserve in the part they play in making Scotland such a fantastic place to visit.
And the winners are…
This year’s regional winners include:
- Crescent House Edinburgh – Boutique B&B for Best B&B or Guest House Experience Lothian & Borders, sponsored by Abbey UK.
- Newton Farm Holidays & Tours in Angus Best B&B or Guest House Experience Central, Fife & Tayside, sponsored by Abbey UK.
- Teuchters Landing in Edinburgh was winner of Best Bar or Pub for Lothian & Borders, sponsored by the Scottish Licensed Trade Association.
- Allanwater Brewhouse in Bridge of Allan was the winner of Best Bar or Pub for Central, Fife & Tayside, sponsored by the Scottish Licensed Trade Association.
- The winner of Best Eatery Experience for Lothian & Borders was Café St Honore in Edinburgh and WeeCOOK Kitchen in Carnoustie for Central, Fife & Tayside.
- A Wee Pedal in Edinburgh was awarded the Best Outdoor or Adventure Experience award for Lothian & Borders and Beyond Adventures in Aberfeldy was awarded Best Outdoor or Adventure Experience for Central, Fife & Tayside.
- The winner of the Best Hotel Experience (over 20 rooms), sponsored by Fishers, was Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian for Lothian & Borders
- Murrayshall Country Estate in Scone was the winner of the Best Hotel Experience (over 20 rooms) for Central, Fife & Tayside.
- The winner of the Best Hotel Experience (under 20 rooms) for Central, Fife & Tayside was The Kirklands Hotel in Kinross.
- The Best Self Catering Accommodation Experience award for Lothian & Borders went to Old Millhouse in Dalkeith, while Morton of Pitmilly in St Andrews was winner for Central, Fife & Tayside.
- Camera Obscura and World of Illusions in Edinburgh received the Best Visitor Attraction Experience award for Lothian & Borders.
- While The Helix, Home of the Kelpies was crowned winner for Central, Fife & Tayside.
- The winner of the Food Tourism Award, sponsored by J Thomson Colour Printers, was Drift Coffeehouse in North Berwick for Lothian & Borders.
- Thyme Deli & Bistro at Errichel in Aberfeldy was the winner for Central, Fife & Tayside.
- Edinburgh International Festival (EIF) won the Outstanding Cultural Event or Festival category for Lothian & Borders and Over Lunan by Aproxima Arts was named winner for Central, Fife & Tayside.
- The winner of the Regional Ambassador award for Lothian and Borders was Emma Chalmers from Mary’s Meanders in West Lothian.
- Steven Campbell from Discover Clackmannanshire for Central, Fife & Tayside.
- Tourism & Hospitality Hero, sponsored by HIT Scotland, for Lothian & Borders was Caroline Raeburn from Peebles Hydro.
- June Goodfellow from Taste Perthshire picking up the award for Central, Fife & Tayside.
- The Working Together for Tourism category, sponsored by Historic Environment Scotland, was awarded to A Toast to Gaia by Edinburgh Science for the Lothian & Borders region.
- What Would Mary do? By Hostelling Scotland was named winner for the Central, Fife & Tayside region.