Awards galore for Higlands and Islands hospitality sector
A NUMBER of Highlands and Islands businesses have won coveted trophies at this year’s Scottish Licensed Trade News (SLTN) awards.
Shirley Spear of the The Three Chimneys on Skye won the Industry Achievement Award, sponsored by Maxxium UK.
Neil Morrison, owner of Macgochans in Tobermory on the Isle of Mull, The Lochside in Bowmore on Islay and The Benleva in Drumnadrochit, was named Entrepreneur of the Year, and Macgochans won Independent Pub/Bar of the Year.
Other winners included The Crofter in Fort William, which took the trophy for Best Soft Drinks Offer.
Comedian Jimmy Carr was master of ceremonies at the 2017 SLTN awards, presenting more than 20 coveted corkscrew trophies to Scotland’s top pubs, clubs, restaurants, staff and operators in front of an audience of 700.
Meanwhile, just days after scooping two awards at the Scottish Outdoor and Leisure Awards (SOLA), the Portavadie team travelled to the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) in Inverness on Friday evening November 3 and were rewarded by winning the Best Accommodation Provider category.
The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards cover 16 categories ranging from food and drink to accommodation and visitor attractions.
This is the first time Portavadie has won one of the coveted trophies and for general manager Iain Jurgensen it is another endorsement for the destination.
He said: ‘This has been a phenomenal few days for Portavadie.
‘I’m thrilled the judges recognise the hard work and passion we all put into Portavadie and I am humbled that they believe we are the best accommodation provider in the region.’
Portavadie now goes forward as the Highlands and Islands representative in the Best Accommodation Provider category to the national Scottish Thistle Awards, which will be held next year.
Andrew Morrison, sales director with sponsor Maxxium UK, Shirley Spear, Jimmy Carr and Scottish Licensed Trade News editor Gillian McKenzie.
Left to right, Will Madden, Susie Simister, Jodie Bramall and John Whyte pick up the HITA award on behalf of Portavadie.