2016 Winners

1. Most Hospitable Hotel
Sponsored by Fishers Services Ltd fishers

Accommodation is a vital part of the visitor journey. The hotel experience is key to creating many visitors lasting impressions of Scotland and their world famous Scottish hospitality. This award recognises hotels that strive to give the customer the most hospitable and comfortable experience while they enjoy their stay in Scotland.

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Winner: Holiday Inn Aberdeen West

2. Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House acsha
Sponsored by Aberdeen City & Shire Hotels Association

B&Bs and Guest Houses are at the front line of Scotland’s hospitality reputation and have the ability to provide a personal and memorable experience for every guest. This category celebrates going the extra mile to demonstrate heart-warming levels of customer service to every guest who steps through the door.


Callater Lodge

3. Best Accommodation Provider
Sponsored by Northlink Ferries

This category celebrates businesses that provide fantastic and genuine emotional engagement with the visitor, whether online or in person and exceptional service. This award celebrates that visitors are looking for a unique and bespoke accommodation that suits their travel style – while still experiencing true Scottish hospitality.


Winner: Mill of Nethermill Holidays


4. Friendliest Pub/Bar
Sponsored by Brewdog

This award celebrates the key role of pubs and bars in the experience of visitors to Scotland. From evening cocktails, to a post walk pint by the fire – there are plenty of places for our visitors to experience Scottish hospitality.



The Grill


5. Best Outdoor / Adventure Experience
Sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council

Outdoor, Adventure and Wildlife experiences are a key part of what makes a visit to Scotland so unique and memorable.  With a vast and varied landscape full of opportunity for adventure and excitement – there truly is an activity for every visitor.This category celebrates businesses that give unforgettable, quality and authentic experiences to their visitors.

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Winner: Deeside Activity Park


6. Best Visitor Attraction chester
Sponsored by The Chester Hotel

Scotland has a wealth of unique and fascinating Visitor Attractions, from Castles and Palaces to Nuclear Bunkers and famous Pandas! This category celebrates the variety of opportunity provided to Scotland's visitors, and the attractions which provide world class service with a distinctive Scottish twist.




Royal Lochnagar Distillery


7. Working Together For Tourism
Sponsored by The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa marcliffe

This category celebrates partnerships, collaborations and team working. This is the category for tourism businesses with new and innovative campaigns encouraging best practice, customer service and drive to offer a great and collaborative experience to every guest.





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Winner: Aberdeen Art Gallery and NTS at Drum Castle




8. Innovation in Tourism Award
Sponsored by Marriott Hotels marriott

To mark the year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 , the Innovation Award celebrates tourism businesses that are looking to the future! From physical expansion to investing in youth training, there are plenty of ways that businesses can take risks to improve and invest in the future. This award looks to honour a business using innovation to commit to the future of tourism in Scotland.




NTS Drum Castle, Gardens and Estate


9. Tourism and Hospitality Hero
Sponsored by Visit Aberdeenshire visitaberdeenshire

This category celebrates an individual on the front line of the customer service experience. Across Scotland, there are a huge number of people who unlock something special for every visitor - from tour guides to front of house staff - anyone who provides exceptional service and a memorable and personal touch.



Jean Ryrie - Jurys Inns


10. Regional Rising Star (Age -30)
Sponsored by Ardoe House Hotel and Spa ardoe

People are the essence of the Tourism industry. The future of our industry lies with our young people, having the passion, ambition and dedication to want to have successful careers within this dynamic industry.This award celebrates an individual who shows real promise as a rising star in Scottish tourism and a passion for their future and the future of the industry.


Gemma Cruickshank, VisitAberdeenshire


11. Regional Ambassador (Age 31+)
Sponsored by Aberdeen International Airport

We all have a responsibility in shaping the future of our industry. People with their commitment and passion for the industry are the critical success factors. In establishing this award we are looking to recognise these qualities in an individual who has dedicated their time and energy to making a difference to tourism in their local area.



Claire Bruce - Glen Tanar


12. Best Cultural Event or Festival aecc
Sponsored by AECC

Scotland is the Perfect Stage for events. For large scale one-off events to local and community festivals, Scotland really knows how to put on a show! This category celebrates events which include, inspire and involve all guests, whether local or visiting and provide a platform for Scotland to show off its greatest features.



Celebrate Aberdeen



13. Best Sporting Event activeaberdeen
Sponsored by Active Aberdeen Partnership

Scotland is the Perfect Stage for sporting events. From local community sports events to large scale one off competitions, Scotland really knows how to put on a show! This new category is open to any sporting event involving a sporting activity whether it is a participating or spectator event which inspires and involves all guests, whether local or visiting and provides a platform for Scotland to show off its greatest features.




Winner: Braemar Gathering


14. Best Informal Eating Experience
Sponsored by Jury's Inn jurysinn

This category is designed to recognise and celebrate businesses who not only offer a quality food and drink experience, but include and promote local Scottish produce on their menus to give consumers choice.

Winner: No.10 Bar & Restaurant


15. Best Restaurant Experience
Sponsored by RBS Leisure rbs

This category is designed to recognise and celebrate restaurants who not only offer a quality food and drink experience, but include and promote local Scottish produce on their menus to give consumers choice.


eotglogoWinner: Eat on the Green

16. Lifetime Achievement Award

A lifetime achievement award may be announced at the annual dinner. This will be at the sole discretion of the organising committee.



Roger Goodyear


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