Browse the 2023 National Finalists below.

Winners will be announced at The Scottish Thistle Awards National Final on 1 December 2023 at Hilton Glasgow.


Best B&B or Guest House Experience
The Auld Kirk, Ballater
Melfort House, Oban
Newton Farm Holidays and Tours, Forfar
Nithbank Country Estate, Thornhill

Best Bar or Pub
The Brae, Dreghorn
The Craftsman Company, Aberdeen
The Cross Keys Inn Ettrickbridge, Selkirk
MacGregor's Bars, Inverness
The Original Roslyn Inn, Roslin

Best Business Event
30th BRAIN & BRAIN PET Conference at the Scottish Event Campus
The 22nd World Congress of Soil Science at the Scottish Event Campus
World Energy Council Executive Assembly & Energy Trilemma Summit at the P&J Live

Best Eating Experience
Allanton Inn, Berwickshire
Amuse by Kevin Dalgleish, Aberdeen
Drift, North Berwick
Edinbane Lodge, Edinbane
Lamlash House, Newmilns

Best Hotel Experience
Auchrannie Resort, Isle of Arran
Cromlix, Dunblane
Cringletie, Peebles
Duisdale House Hotel, Isle of Skye
The Ferryhill House Hotel, Aberdeen

Best Luxury Experience

Airhouses, Lauder
Nithbank Country Estate, Thornhill
The Old Millhouse, Dalkeith

Best Outdoor or Adventure Experience

Down on the Farm, Fraserburgh
Foxlake Adventures, Dunbar
Kitchen Coos & Ewes, Newton Stewart
Pinkston Watersports, Glasgow
Wilderness Scotland, Aviemore

Best Self-Catering Accommodation Experience

Arden Holiday Cottage, Dumfries
Grampian Campervan Hire, Huntly
Jack's Alt-Stays, Millport
Lindores - Stay, Ride, Relax, Cupar
The Tin Shed, Moray

Best Visitor Attraction

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
The Burrell Collection, Glasgow
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, Edinburgh
Seabird and Seals - The Original Noss Boat Tours, Shetland
Trimontium Museum, Melrose

Celebrating Thriving Communities
Alloa Hub, Alloa
The Devil's Porridge Museum, Eastriggs
Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum (GALE), Gairloch
Rediscovering the Antonine Wall Project, West Dunbartonshire Council
Royal Deeside Golf Week, Aboyne

Climate Action Award
Cairngorm Bothies and Lodges, Deeside
Glasgow Life: Tourism and Conventions
Nithbank Country Estate, Thornhill
Wilderness Scotland, Aviemore

Inclusive Tourism Award
Crathie Opportunity Holidays, Ballater
Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow
RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross
Seabirds and Seals - The Original Noss Boat Tours, Shetland

Innovation in Tourism
Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, Edinburgh
Dalscone Farm, Dumfries
Mharsanta, Glasgow
Stories of Scotland Podcast, Nairn

Outstanding Cultural Event or Festival
Borders Book Festival, Melrose
Dandelion Festival 2022, Glasgow
Fringe by the Sea, North Berwick
HebCelt Festival, Stornoway
Spectra, Aberdeen

Outstanding Sporting Event
Battle of the Brits, Aberdeen
The Genesis Scottish Open, Haddington
Mull Rally, Isle of Mull

Tourism & Hospitality Employer of the Year
The Aberdeen Altens Hotel, Aberdeen
The Beagle Country Club and Barend Holiday Lodges, Dalbeattie
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, St Andrews
The Drumossie Hotel, Inverness
SEA LIFE Loch Lomond, Alexandria

Tourism Individual of the Year
Alan McDougal FIH, Crowne Plaza
Ian Pithie, The Gordon Highlanders Museum
Katie Scott, The Real Mary King's Close
Melanie Allen, Nithbank Country Estate
Michael Golding, Visit Loch Ness Inverness


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