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Previous Winners

Winners from 2019

Fife Arms Hotel

Most Hospitable Hotel Sponsored by Fishers

Winner: Fife Arms Hotel

The Gordon Highlanders Museum

Innovation in Tourism sponsored by ONE

Winner: The Gordon Highlanders Museum

Grampian Escapes & Tours Ltd

Best Heritage Tourism Experience sponsored by Northlink Ferries

Winner: Grampian Escapes & Tours Ltd

Sea Front Cottages

Best Self Catering sponsoder by Ardoe House Hotel

Winner: Sea Front Cottages

Lynda McGuigan, Discover FraserburghTourism Group

Regional Ambassador sponsored by Johnstons of Elgin

Winner: Lynda McGuigan, Discover FraserburghTourism Group

Aberdeen International Airport

Working Together for Tourism sponsored by ACSHA

Winner: Aberdeen International Airport

The Davron Hotel

Best Informal Eating Experience sponsored by Malmaison

Winner: The Davron Hotel


Most Hospitable B&B sponsored by Jurys Inn Aberdeen

Winner: Lys-Na-Greyne

Leonora Brebner, Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel

Regional Rising Star sponsored by Johnston Carmichael

Winner: Leonora Brebner, Sandman Signature Aberdeen Hotel

Delgatie Castle

Best Visitor Attraction sponsored by Aberdeen International Airport

Winner: Delgatie Castle

The Tippling House

Best Pub/Bar sponsored by RBS

Winner: The Tippling House

Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Best Cultural Event or Festival sponsored by VisitAberdeenshire

Winner: Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

Signature Food Festival at The Chester Hotel

Best Restaurant Experience sponsored by Keenan Recycling

Winner: Signature Food Festival at The Chester Hotel

Winners from 2018

Lys-na -Greyne

Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House
Supported by Jurys Hotels Aberdeen

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.

Winner: Lys-na -Greyne

Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course

Most Hospitable Hotel
Supported by 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.   

Winner: Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course

Dalriada Luxury Lodges

Best Self Catering Accommodation
Supported by Aberdeenshire Council

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: Dalriada Luxury Lodges

Nuart Aberdeen

Best Cultural Event of Festival
Supported by Visit Aberdeenshire

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.

Winner: Nuart Aberdeen

Eat on the Green

Best Eating Experience
Supported by Ardoe Hotel

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: Eat on the Green

Peterhead Prison Museum

Best Visitor Attraction
Supported by The Aberdeen Altens 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.

Winner: Peterhead Prison Museum

Grape and Grain

Best Pub/Bar
Sponsored by Tricker PR

This award celebrates the key role of bars and pubs in the experience of visitors to Scotland.  Our licensed trade provides visitors with a wide variety of options – from bespoke evening cocktails with succulent bar bites overlooking a vibrant cityscape, to a relaxing post walk pint served with traditional fayre by the fire.  Whether your business attracts high fashion, cutting edge musicians/DJs or offers a comforting and friendly home from home to your guests, we are celebrating the diverse bar and pub offerings and all that they contribute within the tourism sector. 

Winner: Grape and Grain


Innovation in Tourism
Supported by Carron-Mumbai and India on the Green

This category 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.

Winner: SnowRoads

David McCubbin, VisitAberdeenshire

Regional Ambassador
Supported by Johnston Carmichael

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.

Winner: David McCubbin, VisitAberdeenshire

Nicola Downie, Meldrum House Hotel

Regional Rising Star
Supported by Aberdeen City and Shire Hotel Association

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.

Winner: Nicola Downie, Meldrum House Hotel

Elma McMenemy – Elma McMenemy Tourism

Tourism & Hospitality Hero
Supported by RBS

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.

Winner: Elma McMenemy – Elma McMenemy Tourism

Glen Garioch Distillery

Working Together for Tourism
Supported by Aberdeen International Airport

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

Winner: Glen Garioch Distillery

Glen Garioch Distillery

Best Heritage Tourism Experience
Supported by North Link Ferries

This award is designed to celebrate Scotland’s rich and vibrant heritage and those who bring it to life – placing heritage at the forefront of Scotland’s tourism offering.

Winner: Glen Garioch Distillery