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The Highlands And Islands Tourism Awards 2017 Winners

7th November 2017

The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2017 Winners were announced at the Drumossie Hotel on Friday 3rd November. 55 finalists were vying for the awards, which celebrate and recognise the best places to eat, drink and enjoy the area's scenery, hospitality, wildlife, history and culture. Winners in 16 categories overcame unprecedented competition to be crowned the best in the region and picked up the famous piper trophies.

All of our winners, with the exception of the Highland Rising Star and the Highland Ambassador, will go on to battle it out at the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Thursday 15th March 2018. For more information about the Scottish Thistle Awards see -

Best Restaurant Experience

Links House at Royal Dornoch

Best Informal Eating Experience

Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Most Hospitable B&B / Guest House

Inverglen Guest House

Most Hospitable Hotel

The Torridon

Best Accommodation Provider


Best Accommodation Provider - Judges Commendation

Cuil Moss Cottage

Best Visitor Attraction

Culloden Battlefield and Visitor Centre

Best Visitor Attraction - Judges Commendation

Isle of Harris Distillers

Best Cultural Event or Festival

Hebridean Celtic Festival

Best Outdoor / Adventure Experience

Go to St Kilda

Best Sporting Event

Fort William UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Best Bar / Pub

Ferry Inn, Stromness

Innovation in Tourism

Ghillie Basan

Working Together for Tourism

The Malt Whisky Trail

Tourism and Hospitality Hero

Peter Cowe, Culloden Battlefield

Best Heritage Tourism Experience

Eilean Donan Castle

Highland Rising Star

Charlotte Poynton, The Three Chimneys

Highland Ambassador

Captain Iain Dunderdale

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