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Article published 15/11/2023

Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards Winners 2023

It was a wonderful night of celebration as the winners of the 2023 Highlands & Islands Thistle Awards (HITA) were announced.

The winners were revealed at a gala dinner and ceremony at the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel in Inverness on Friday (10 November).

A total of 17 winners were announced at the event, which this year sold out in record time, and a number of businesses were also highly commended.

Read on for this year's winners.


Best B&B or Guest House

Melfort House, Oban


Best Bar or Pub 

MacGregor's Bars, Inverness 


Best Eating Experience

Edinbane Lodge, Isle of Skye 

(Highly Commended - The Pierhouse Hotel and Seafood Restaurant)


Best Hotel Experience 

Duisdale House Hotel, Isle of Skye 

Edinbane Lodge 

Best Outdoor Experience 

Wilderness Scotland 

(Highly Commended - Wilder Ways)


Best Self-Catering Accommodation 

The Tin Shed, Moray


Best Visitor Attraction

Seabirds-and-Seals - The Original Noss Boat Tours, Shetland 


Celebrating Thriving Communities

Gairloch and Loch Ewe Action Forum (GALE)


Seabirds-and-Seals - The Original Noss Boat Tours

Climate Action

Wilderness Scotland 


Inclusive Tourism 

Seabirds-and-Seals - The Original Noss Boat Tours, Shetland 


Innovation in Tourism

Stories of Scotland Podcast, Inverness 


Outstanding Cultural Event

HebCelt Festival, Outer Hebrides 

HebCelt Festival 

Tourism & Hospitality Employer of the Year 

The Drumossie Hotel, Inverness


Tourism Individual of the Year 

Michael Golding, Visit Inverness Loch Ness


Highland Rising Star 

Dylan Wynne, Cobbs Group 


Highland Ambassador 

Tony Story, Kingsmill Hotel Group 


Hospitality Hero 

Marion MacNeil, Heathbank 

Michael Golding with the team at Visit Inverness Loch Ness

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