Scotland's premier tourism and events awards

OUR 2023 NATIONAL WINNERS announced!

This year's national winners have been crowned!

Take a look and let them inspire your next Scottish holiday, short break or day trip!

Scottish Thistle Awards on the small screen

Did you spot us? A Scottish Thistle Awards advert featuring some of our 2022/23 National Winners was aired on STV during July and was viewed by almost 1 million Scots adults!

And the winner is.... Scotland's Tourism and Events Industry!

Every year, a small number of businesses and individuals are honoured with a Scottish Thistle Award; the highest accolade in the Scottish hospitality, tourism and events sector. 

Hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, visitor attractions, wildlife tours, festivals, events, luxury experiences, local food and drink, thrilling wildlife tours and friendly and welcoming faces - the Scottish Thistle Awards shine a spotlight on all aspects of what makes Scotland a fantastic place to visit.

Let us take you on a journey to discover what it means to receive this prestigious award from the winners themselves - the people working hard to deliver the warm welcome and incredible experiences that Scotland is famous for.

Key dates for 2023

Entries are now closed.

Regional Finalists Announced: Mid-July
Regional Award Ceremonies: September-November

National Finalists Announced: October
National Final Award Ceremony: 1st December 2023

Regional Winners automatically progress to the National Final as National Finalists in their category. 

Thinking of entering the Scottish Thistle Awards?

For almost 30 years, The Scottish Thistle Awards have been recognising and championing the very best of the Scottish tourism, hospitality and events industry. The Awards honour the very best individuals, businesses and partnerships for their innovation, excellence and success.  

Entries are now closed for the 2023 Scottish Thistle Awards.

Shout about your Achievements

The awards are a great way to share your success with your industry peers and a chance to celebrate and reward the hard work of individuals and teams. 

Marketing Opportunities

The winners of all our awards receive national media coverage through our partnership with News Scotland, publisher of The Times and Sunday Times Scotland and The Scottish Sun.

Get recognition

As a winner, you join a prestigious roll of honour, earning recognition as one of the best in the country, providing inspiration to peers and supporting tourism growth.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Headline Sponsor
Johnstons of Elgin

Best B&B or Guest House Experience
Abbey UK

Best Hotel Experience

Inclusive Tourism Award
Historic Environment Scotland

Tourism Individual of the Year
HIT Scotland

Best Luxury Experience
The Macallan Estate

Media Partner
News Scotland

Best Bar or Pub
Scottish Licensed Trade Association

Best Business Event


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