Hos­pitable is­land hosts win top This­tle Award

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He­len and An­drew How of Car­raig Mhor B&B in Lam­lash have been awarded a Scot­tish This­tle Award for the Most Hos­pitable B&B in the Scot­land west re­gion.

Re­ceiv­ing the award at the im­pres­sive Òran Mór in Glas­gow, the cou­ple will now au­to­mat­i­cally be en­tered into the na­tional fi­nals in Ed­in­burgh in March.

No strangers to re­ceiv­ing awards af­ter many years in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try, He­len and An­drew, be­fore mov­ing to Ar­ran in 2014, suc­cess­fully ran a B&B called Burn View which they el­e­vated to a fourstar B&B, win­ning both a Break­fast Award and a Sil­ver Award by the tourist board.

Car­raig Mhor is lo­cated right on the coast of Lam­lash in a dis­tinc­tive and ele­gant build­ing. The Waverly room, their premier room fit­ted with ev­ery lux­ury and mod-con avail­able, looks out over the dra­matic land­scape of Holy Isle and Lam­lash Bay and of­fers un­ri­valled pri­vacy with its own pri­vate cor­ri­dor.

On re­ceiv­ing the ac­co­lade, He­len said: ‘We are ob­vi­ously de­lighted and hon­oured to re­ceive this un­ex­pected award and we are thrilled to be bring­ing it back to Ar­ran.

‘The ser­vice we pro­vide on Ar­ran is not en­tirely of our own do­ing and we have to thank the com­mu­nity who all work to­gether in uni­son to pro­vide and en­hance the vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence for guests who visit our beau­ti­ful is­land.’

Sheila Gil­more of VisitAr­ran said: ‘ I am de­lighted to hear that Car­raig Mhor won the This­tle re­gional fi­nals in the Most Hos­pitable B&B cat­e­gory. Con­grat­u­la­tions to He­len and Andy on this su­per ac­co­lade.

‘They were nom­i­nated by a guest, which re­flects the of­fer­ing they pro­vide for their vis­i­tors. Well done Car­raig Mhor!’

In ad­di­tion to award-win­ning hos­pi­tal­ity, Car­raig Mhor has made a strong com­mit­ment to en­vi­ron­men­tal best prac­tice and the pro­mo­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly poli­cies. They are also pas­sion­ate about food and, along with their freshly pre­pared break­fasts, they also of­fer veg­e­tar­ian and spe­cial re­quire­ment break­fasts, many us­ing tra­di­tional Car­raig Mhor recipes.

An un­ex­pected but wel­come sur­prise, He­len and An­drew How re­ceive their award at the This­tle Award cer­e­mony in Glas­gow.

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