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Article published 23/08/2023

The 2023 Scottish Thistle Awards

For almost thirty years, the Scottish Thistle Awards have shone a spotlight on the best of the tourism industry.

Only a small number of businesses and individuals are honoured with a Scottish Thistle Award; the highest accolade in the Scottish hospitality, tourism and events sector. The awards celebrate hotels, B&B's, visitor attractions, tours, festival, events and so much more.

This year there have been some key changes to the programme with new partners, timelines and refreshed categories. 

With the regional shortlists now announced, we’re looking ahead to the regional finals. Here’s all you need to know.

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How does the award process work?

The awards launch and nominations open in March each year and entries open in April. The shortlisting begins during May and June and then we announce the shortlist for each category in July.

The next stage of the process is the regional finals. We deliver the Scottish Thistle Awards in partnership with regional awards programmes. They combine five regional awards covering Scotland. These are:

Winners from each regional award ceremony will progress to our national final which will be held in December. 

Find out more about the award timeline


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Comrie Croft, Scottish Thistle Award winners

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