2017 Winners

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, click here.

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