Two shortlisted for top awards

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The Isle of Arran Distillery and VisitArran have been shortlisted in the West of Scotland Scottish Thistle Awards, which are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year.

Standing out from the crowd, the two organisations have been selected from a record breaking entry of over 734 submitted entries and hundreds of nominations from members of the public.

VisitArran has been selected in two categories, the Working Together for Tourism category as well as the Innovation in Tourism category for their work in establishing the ArranCard. The Lochranza distillery has been shortlisted in the fiercely contested Best Visitor Attraction category and is up against The Experience in Glasgow and Heads of Ayr Farm Park in Alloway.

The awards recognise hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, visitor attractions and individuals who go the extra mile to provide customers with exceptional service, celebrating success, innovation, excellence and best practice in the country’s tourism and hospitality industry.

Rebecca Brooks, chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards industry panel, said: ‘It’s fantastic that in this special anniversary year, we’ve had such an overwhelming response to this year’s competition. From the sheer volume and calibre of entries, it is clear that this year’s competition will be the fiercest yet and on behalf of the panel I’d like to congratulate all the shortlisted entrants and wish each and every one of them the very best of the luck at the regional finals.’


The winners will be announced at the West Regional final at Glasgow Science Centre on Thursday October 26.