Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2018
Winners Announced!

The 2018 Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards Ceremony and Dinner took place on Friday 2nd November at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.  The esteemed Awards, now in their 14th year, identify, highlight and reward excellence throughout the hospitality industry within the Highlands and Islands.

14 Awards were presented on the evening, covering the various facets of the customer / visitor experience of our tourism industry.  Our 2018 winners can be seen below.

We are delighted to work together with the Scottish Thistle Awards again this year and each category winner, with the exception of our Highland Rising Star and Highland Ambassador, will automatically become a finalist at the Scottish Thistle Awards in March 2019.

Best Cultural Event or Festival
Oban Live

Best Cultural Event or Festival – Judges Commendation
Purvai Festival, Stornoway

Best Eating Experience
The Seafood Shack, Ullapool

Best Heritage Tourism Experience
Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre, Craigellachie

Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience
Basking Shark Scotland, Oban

Best Pub/Bar
MacGregor’s Bar, Inverness

Best Self-Catering/Alternative Accommodation Experience
Where Stags Roar, Newtonmore

Best Visitor Attraction
Cruise Loch Ness, Inverness

Highland Ambassador
Elizabeth Mackintosh

Highland Rising Star
Brian Sharp, Scottish Routes

Euan Walker, Achnagairn Estate, Inverness

John McNulty, Etive Restaurant, Oban

Innovation in Tourism
Inverness Taxis

Most Hospitable B&B / Guest House
Pool House, Achnasheen, Wester Ross

Most Hospitable Hotel
Links House at Royal Dornoch, Sutherland

Tourism and Hospitality Hero
Emma Clark, Glenegedale House, Islay

Working Together for Tourism
Mull Eagle Watch