Scot­tish Ru­ral Awards We look back at the sec­ond an­nual Scot­tish Ru­ral Awards, which cul­mi­nated with a glit­ter­ing award cer­e­mony at Dy­namic Earth in Ed­in­burgh

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We were de­lighted to part­ner the 2016 Scot­tish Ru­ral Awards along with the Scot­tish Coun­try­side Al­liance. A cel­e­bra­tion of the in­no­va­tion, ded­i­ca­tion and en­ter­prise of those liv­ing and work­ing in ru­ral Scot­land, the award cer­e­mony and gala din­ner, held at Dy­namic Earth on 31 March, brought to­gether nearly 400 of the great and the good of Scot­land’s coun­try­side.

More than 200 nom­i­na­tions were re­ceived since the awards opened to the pub­lic last Septem­ber, span­ning the Outer He­brides to the Bor­ders, Shet­land and Fife, and from all walks of life - from aqua­cul­ture to ar­ti­san food pro­duc­ers, en­ter­prise and ed­u­ca­tion.

Judg­ing the win­ners proved to be an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult process, with our panel of seven judges in­spired by the scale of en­tre­pre­neur­ial tal­ent on show.

As well as the busi­nesses that were hon­oured with awards in each of the 10 open cat­e­gories, two very spe­cial ac­co­lades were pre­sented to those who have made a con­tri­bu­tion to ru­ral life that goes above and be­yond the call of duty. Toby and Mary Ficht­ner-Irvine, who have played key roles in de­vel­op­ing the Isle of Muck, were jointly pre­sented with the Ru­ral Hero award, whilst the Life­time Achieve­ment ac­co­lade was pre­sented to chef and busi­ness­woman Shirley Spear of The Three Chim­neys in Dun­ve­gan, Skye.

‘Judg­ing the win­ners proved to be an in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult process’

The win­ners, run­ner­sup and highly com­mended busi­nesses proudly show off their awards.

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