2023 Awards

We are delighted to announce the finalists for the 2023 Aberdeen City and Shire Thistle Awards.

The winners will be announced on Friday 22 September at The Chester Hotel - book your tickets here.

Best Bar or Pub

The Craftsman Company

Grape and Grain

The Tippling House


Best Hotel Experience 

Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel and Spa 

Saplinbrae Hotel and Lodges

Ferryhill House Hotel


Best B&B or Guest House Experience

Leslie Castle

Auld Kirk


Best Self Catering Accommodation Experience

Grampian Campervan Hire

Shepherd's Loch Glamping 

Boutique Farm Bothies 

Down on the Farm


Best Eating Experience

Amuse by Kevin Dalgleish 

Castleton Farm

Peartree Coffee House and Bistro

Tarragon by Graham Mitchell


Best Outdoor or Adventure Experience

Down on the Farm

Highlands Unbridled

National Trust for Scotland

Wild Discovery




Best Visitor Attraction

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Gordon Highlanders Museum

Aberdeen Science Centre 


Outstanding Cultural Event or Festival

Granite Noir


Midsummer Beer Happening


Celebrating Thriving Communities

Gordon Highlanders Museum

Royal Deeside Golf Week

Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society


Inclusive Tourism

Crathie Opportunity Holidays

Aberdeen Art Gallery 

Dalriada Luxury Lodges 


Climate Action Award

Cairngorm Bothies and Lodges

Aberdeen Performing Arts

The Bay Fish and Chips


Tourism and Hospitality Employer of the Year

The Aberdeen Altens Hotel

Leonardo Hotels Aberdeen

Castleton Farm


The MacRobert Trust Emerging Talent Award

Liam Ord - Aberdeen Altens Hotel

Nicole Roy - Siberia Hotel

Callum Davie - Chop Grill and Bar

Kyle Ewen - Resident X

Rosa Jackson - Leonardo Hotels


Tourism Individual of The Year 

Ian Pithie - Gordon Highlanders Museum

Alison Christie - Leonardo Hotels

Anna Mitchell - Castleton Farm

Alan Findlater - Luxe Scot