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Article published 28/10/2022

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Tourism businesses across Central, Fife & Tayside and the Lothians and Scottish Borders have received recognition at Scotland’s premier tourism and events awards.   

A total of 25 businesses and individuals received an award at the Scottish Thistle Awards regional finals for Central, Fife & Tayside and Lothian & Borders, which took place last night (Thursday 27 October) at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh.  

The Scottish Thistle Awards are delivered by VisitScotland, sponsored by Johnstons of Elgin and include a media partnership with News Scotland for the first time this year. They celebrate the very best of tourism in Scotland and the excellence that is helping to rebuild this vital part of the Scottish economy in the last two years.   

2022 saw more than 500 entries submitted, including almost 1,000 nominations from members of the public keen to give hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, visitor attractions and individuals the opportunity to earn the recognition they deserve in the part they play in making Scotland such a fantastic place to visit. 


regional winners

Regional winners at the Final

And the winners are...

Best B&B or Guest House Experience, sponsored by Abbey UK

Central Fife & Tayside Winner – Newton Farm Holidays & Tours, Angus

Lothian & Borders Winner – Crescent House, Edinburgh

Best Bar or Pub sponsored by the Scottish Licensed Trade Association

Central, Fife & Tayside Winner – Allanwater Brewhouse, Bridge of Allan

Lothian & Borders Winner – Teuchters Landing, Edinburgh


Best Eatery Experience

Winner Central, Fife & Tayside - WeeCOOK Kitchen, Angus

Winner Lothian & Borders - Café St Honoré, Edinburgh


Best Hotel Experience (Over 20 rooms), sponsored by Fishers

Winner Central, Fife & Tayside - Murrayshall Country Estate, Perthshire

Winner Lothian & Borders - Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian


Best Hotel Experience (under 20 rooms)

Winner Central, Fife & Tayside - The Kirklands Hotel, Perthshire


Best Outdoor or Adventure Experience

Winner Central, Fife & Tayside - Beyond Adventure, Perth & Kinross

Winner Lothian & Borders - A Wee Pedal, Edinburgh


Best Self Catering Accommodation Experience

Winner Central, Fife & Tayside - Morton of Pitmilly, Fife

Winner Lothian & Borders - Old Millhouse, Dalkeith


Best Visitor Attraction Experience

Winner Central, Fife & Tayside - The Helix; Home of the Kelpies, Falkirk

Winner Lothian & Borders - Camera Obscura & World of Illusions, Edinburgh


Food Tourism Award, sponsored by J Thomson Colour Printers

Winner Central, Fife & Tayside - Thyme Deli & Bistro at Errichel, Perthshire

Winner Lothian & Borders – Drift Coffeehouse, North Berwick


Outstanding Cultural Event or Festival

Winner Central, Fife & Tayside – Over Lunan by Aproxima Arts, Angus

Winner Lothian & Borders - Edinburgh International Festival (EIF), Edinburgh


Regional Ambassador

Winner Central, Fife & Tayside - Steven Campbell,Discover Clackmannanshire

Winner Lothian & Borders - Emma Chalmers, Mary's Meanders Tours


Tourism & Hospitality Hero, sponsored by HIT Scotland

Winner Central, Fife & Tayside - June Goodfellow, Taste Perthshire

Winner Lothian & Borders - Caroline Raeburn, Peebles Hydro


Working Together for Tourism, sponsored by Historic Environment Scotland

Winner Central, Fife & Tayside - What would Mary do? - Hostelling Scotland

Winner Lothian & Borders - A Toast to Gaia - Edinburgh Science


Winners at regional final

Visit the Scottish Thistles website for a full list of regional winners.    

Congratulations to all of the winners at the Lothian & Borders Final of the Scottish Thistle Awards. The Scottish Thistle Awards shine a spotlight on the very best of Scotland’s tourism and events industry, celebrating the businesses and individuals who have worked tirelessly in the last two years to create the fantastic destination and visitor experiences that Scotland is famous for. 

The Scottish Thistle Awards mark an important celebration as we move towards recovery from the pandemic and support the ambition of Outlook 2030, for Scotland to be a world leader in 21st century tourism. 

I wish the regional winners the best of luck as they continue to the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final next year.

Steven Walker, Chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards industry panel

Dates for your diary

Regional finals will take place in different locations around Scotland covering areas such as Central Fife and Tayside, Lothian & Borders, West, the Highlands and Islands, organised by the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, and Aberdeen City and Shire, which is organised by Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards. 


  • The Central, Fife & Tayside Regional Final took place at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh on Thursday 27 October. 

  • The Lothian & Borders Regional Final took place at Prestonfield House Hotel in Edinburgh on Thursday 27 October.  

  • The Highlands and Islands Regional Final, organised by the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, will take place at the Kingsmill Hotel in Inverness on Friday 4 November. 

  • The West Regional Final will take place at Òran Mór, Glasgow, on Thursday 10 November.  

  • The Aberdeen City and Shire Regional Final, organised by Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards, will take place at the Chester Hotel, Aberdeen, on Friday 11 November.  

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