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Article published 24/09/2023

Aberdeen City and Shire Thistle Awards

Fourteen businesses and individuals from across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire were named best in their field in front of an audience of more than 280 tourism professionals at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen on 22 September.

Each category of the 2023 Aberdeen City and Shire Thistle Awards has been scooped by a first-time category winner.

The 2023 awards was open to all businesses of all sizes across the hospitality and tourism sector in north-east of Scotland. They featured several new categories including climate change, inclusivity, celebrating thriving communities and The MacRobert Trust emerging talent awards.

ACSTA award winners

And the winners are...

Best B&B or Guest House Experience

Sponsored by Leonardo Hotels

The Auld Kirk

Best Bar or Pub

Sponsored by Shepherd and Wedderburn

The Craftsman Company

Best Eating Experience

Amuse by Kevin Dalgleish

Best Hotel Experience

Sponsored by Fishers

Ferryhill House Hotel

Best Outdoor or Adventure Experience

Sponsored by Opportunity North East

Down on The Farm

Best Self-Catering Accommodation Experience 

Sponsored by Aberdeen City and Shire Hotels’ Association

Grampian Campervan Hire

Best Visitor Attraction

Sponsored by Aberdeen International Airport

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Celebrating Thriving Communities

Sponsored by NorthLink Ferries

Royal Deeside Golf Week

Climate Action Award

Sponsored by Wood Winters

Cairngorms Bothies and Lodges

ACSTA winner


Inclusive Tourism

Sponsored by VisitAberdeenshire

Crathie Opportunity Holidays

Outstanding Cultural Event or Festival

Sponsored by Luxe Scotland


The MacRobert Trust Emerging Talent Award

Sponsored by The MacRobert Trust

Rosa Jackson - Leonardo Hotel

Tourism and Hospitality Employer of the Year

Sponsored by Tricker Communications

The Aberdeen Altens Hotel

Tourism Individual of the Year

Sponsored by P & J Live

Ian Pithie - Gordon Highlanders

Find out more about the winners

We were delighted that our entry numbers for the 2023 awards were so high, and that we had so many ‘debut’ entrants.

To see 12 out of 14 of our categories being won by first-time winners of the Aberdeen City and Shire and two categories being awarded to previous winners in different categories is very gratifying.

Stephen Gow MI FIH, Chairman of the voluntary committee

The national final

All of the winners of the Aberdeen City and Shire Thistle Awards, with the exception of the MacRobert Trust Emerging Talent award which is a northeast category only, will now progress to the national Scottish Thistle Awards. The Final will take place in Glasgow on Friday 1 December.

Find out more about the National final

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