Double awards win for Auchrannie

Linda Johnston receives her regional ambassador award from Ian Dickson of Johnstons of Elgin as presenter Jennifer Reoch looks on.

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It was a good night for the Auchrannie at the Scottish Thistle Awards last week where they picked up two prestigious gongs.

Co-founder and managing director of Auchrannie, Linda Johnston, received the regional ambassador award, while the resort was named best hotel experience at the regional finals for the west, which took place last night Thursday  at Òran Mór in Glasgow.

Judges praised the resort for its strong emphasis on community and for investment across a number of different areas. While Linda was praised by the judging panel for working with the wider industry to build up a highly successful and internationally-recognised business, and ensuring the benefits are spread across the wider region.

On receiving the Fishers best hotel experience award, resort director Richard Small said: ‘Being recognised by VisitScotland in the form of a Scottish Thistle Award is always a great honour. This award reflects the commitment and hard work of all the team at Auchrannie, every one of whom play an important role in the delivery of exceptional guest service.’

Receiving her award, sponsored by Johnstons of Elgin, Linda said: ‘ I’m delighted and honoured to have won this prestigious award.  I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to work with some amazing people over the years in building Auchrannie Resort and making a wider contribution to the tourism industry.  It’s absolutely a team effort and success takes many passionate people.’

The Scottish Thistle Awards, now in their 27th year, help shine the spotlight on individuals and businesses going above and beyond to create a destination and visitor experience worth talking about amongst our valuable tourism industry. They champion the very best of the Scottish tourism industry, celebrating innovation, success and excellence in the sector.

The regional winners have earned their place at the prestigious national final in March, where they will join the country’s tourism elite to be honoured with the highest accolade in the Scottish hospitality and tourism sector.

Steve Brumbill (left) of Fishers presents Richard Small and Linda Johnston of the Auchrannie with the best hotel experience award.