Thursday, December 12, 2019
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Four Skye businesses have made the shortlist for the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards.

The annual awards recognises where best to stay, eat and visit.

Scottish music festivals will compete against a celebration of Asian arts and culture in one category, while hotels, guest houses, restaurants, small food outlets, heritage centres, wildlife spotting tours and others will also battle it out for the coveted piper trophies.

Shortlisted under "Best Heritage Tourism Experience" is Skye's Go to St Kilda boat trips.  Toravaig Hotel in south Skye is in the running to win under the "Best Eating Experience" category.  Finally, two Skye hotels will be competing against each other and a Sutherland hotel to win the "Most Hospitable Hotel" title: Uig Hotel and Skeabost Hotel.

A spokesperson for the Uig Hotel told The Skye Times: "We are extremely pleased to have been nominated for this and to have made the shortlist for the second time in 3 years.  Reaching this stage is all down to the fantastic staff at the hotel who do everything they can to make our guests stay an enjoyable one."

Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA) chairman Craig Ewan said: “Congratulations to all our finalists. Given the quality of the entries, the businesses and individuals who have made the shortlist can be really proud of their achievement.

“It was another extremely difficult task for the judges to narrow the entries to just 43 contenders and they have another huge challenge ahead in picking our eventual winners.

“The awards showcase the best of the tourism industry in the Highlands and Islands and also inspire operators to continue to raise standards and provide excellence at all times to our visitors.”

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 2 November in the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, which will be attended by Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

Photograph above: 2017 Winners.








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