The shortlist for the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards 2018 can be seen below.  The esteemed Awards, now in their 14th year, identify, highlight and reward excellence throughout the hospitality industry within the Highlands and Islands.

For 2018 there are 14 Awards up for grabs covering the various facets of the customer / visitor experience of our tourism industry.  The winners will be announced at our prestigious Awards Ceremony and Dinner which will take place on Friday 2nd November 2018 at the Kingsmills Hotel, in the capital and heart of the Highlands, Inverness.

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
Isle of Jura Music Festival
Purvai Festival, Stornoway

Best Eating Experience
The Seafood Shack, Ullapool
Toravaig House Hotel. Skye
Ninth Wave Restaurant, Mull

Best Heritage Tourism Experience
The Highlanders Museum, Fort George, Inverness
Speyside Cooperage Visitor Centre, Craigellachie
Elgin Museum
Go to St Kilda, Skye

Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience
Glenlivet Hill Trek
St Hilda Sea Adventures, Oban
Basking Shark Scotland, Oban
Nature Scotland, Mull
Majestic Line, Argyll

Best Pub/Bar
MacGregor’s Bar, Inverness
Black Isle Bar and Rooms, Inverness
Castle Tavern, Inverness

Best Self-Catering/Alternative Accommodation Experience
Where Stags Roar, Newtonmore
Portavadie Loch Fyne, Argyll
Clan Cottages, Oban
Morag’s Lodge, Fort Augustus

Best Visitor Attraction
Johnstons of Elgin
Dolphin Spirt, Inverness
Cruise Loch Ness, Inverness 

Highland Ambassador
To be announced on the night

Highland Rising Star
John McNulty, Etive Restaurant, Oban
Euan Walker, Achnagairn Estate, Kirkhill, Inverness
Brian Sharp, Scottish Routes

Innovation in Tourism
Portavadie Loch Fyne
Cruise Loch Ness
Inverness Taxis

Most Hospitable B&B / Guest House
Glenegedale House, Islay
Pool House, Achnasheen, Wester Ross
RossMor Guest House, Grantown

Most Hospitable Hotel
Uig Hotel Ltd, Skye
Skeabost Hotel, Skye
Links House at Royal Dornoch, Sutherland

Tourism and Hospitality Hero
Emma Clark, Glenegedale House, Islay
Alice Gill, Lodge on Loch Goil, Argyll
John Easson, Culloden Battlefield

Working Together for Tourism
Fort William Accommodation Marketing Group
Mull Eagle Watch
Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative Ltd