Scottish Thistle Awards

Scotland's tourism industry, we believe, is the heart and soul of the country, employing over 200,000 passionate and committed individuals who between them help generate £11bn of income per annum.

For over 20 years the Scottish Thistle Awards have been recognised as Scotland's tourism industry's Oscars.

Organised by VisitScotland in association with the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards, Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, HIT Scotland, Scotland Food and Drink, Scottish Licenced Trade Association, Scottish Tourism Alliance, sportscotland and Wild Scotland, these prestigious awards are without doubt the ones our industry leaders want to have in their trophy cabinet!

The Scottish Thistle Awards is based on 5 regional programmes with the winners progressing to the National Final.

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Thistle Do Nicely!

A Michelin-starred restaurant, an Aberdeenshire pub, a whisky distillery on Islay and a man instrumental in bringing the Ryder Cup to Gleneagles were among those to be crowned tourism champions recently.

A total of 13 winners received Scottish Thistle Award during a glittering final ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow, hosted by TV and radio star Edith Bowman.

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