The Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards winners 2023!
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It was a wonderful night of celebration as the winners of the 2023 Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards (HITA) were announced.
The winners were revealed at a sold-out gala dinner and ceremony at the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel, Inverness on Friday.
A total of 17 winners were announced at the event, which this year sold out in record time, and a number of businesses were also highly commended.
The HITA winners 2023 are:
Best BB or Guest House
Best Bar or Pub
Best Eating Experience
The Pierhouse Hotel and Seafood Restaurant
Best Hotel Experience
Duisdale House Hotel
Best Outdoor Adventure
Best Self Catering Accommodation
The Tin Shed
Best Visitor Attraction
Seabirds-and-Seals ‒The Original Noss Boat Tours
Celebrating Thriving Communities
Gairloch and Loch Ewe action Forum (GALE)
Seabirds-and-Seals ‒ The Original Noss Boat Tours
Innovation in Tourism
Stories of Scotland Podcast
Outstanding Cultural Event
Tourism & Hospitality Employer of the Year
The Drumossie Hotel
Tourism Individual of the Year
Highland Rising Star
Marion MacNeil, Heathbank
HITA chairman, Calum Ross, was delighted for all of the winners and the highly commended businesses at this year’s awards.
“What an incredible night for the Highlands & Islands’ tourism and hospitality sector! Huge congratulations go to all of the winners. We are absolutely thrilled for each and every one of them.
“They have proved yet again what exceptional talent we have here. Not only do these individuals and businesses offer a first-class tourism experience to visitors from around the UK and the rest of the world. They also contribute so much to a sector that provides exciting and rewarding careers to a local workforce, both young people and those looking for a new challenge.
“It was great to see all our finalists enjoy a well-deserved night off and we were delighted to celebrate their success with them.
“A big thank you to our hosts, the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel, Inverness for the fantastic hospitality and gala dinner. The evening was a fitting end to the 2023 contest that saw our best and brightest talent shine.
“And of course we thank all of our generous sponsors, friends and partners for supporting the awards which could not take place without them.”
Covering all the regions of the Highlands and Islands; from Argyll in the west, to Moray in the east, and Orkney and Shetland in the north, the annual Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards brought together industry leaders, rising stars, new enterprises and trusted names to celebrate achievements and recognise excellence in the sector.
Many winners from the regional awards will go forward to win at the national finals, the VisitScotland Thistle Awards in December.
For more information about HITA visit https://www.hita-awards.com/