The team at Kinloch Lodge is celebrating after being voted Most Hospitable Hotel at the Highlands and Islands 2016 Tourism Awards.
Godfrey and Claire Macdonald accepted the honour on behalf of the Kinloch team at a celebratory awards ceremony and dinner on Friday 4th November at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness.
The awards - recognised as one of the premier industry hospitality awards programmes in Scotland - are now in their 12th year and they identify, highlight and reward excellence throughout the hospitality industry within the Highlands and Islands.
Kinloch will now automatically be a finalist in the Scottish Thistle Awards to be held in Glasgow, next year.
Kinloch Lodge has been one of Scotland’s most well-known and treasured hotels for over forty years and there have been numerous awards from The Scottish Tourist Board, AA and The Good Food Guide as well as Michelin.
Owner Isabella Macdonald commented: “This has been another terrific year for us; We have retained our Michelin star for a seventh year and now our entire team performance has also been rewarded, we are all absolutely delighted and want to thank everyone for all their hard work. These awards are testament to our ‘our home is your home’ hospitality that my parents created when they first opened the doors of their home to guests back in the seventies, and one that is absolutely central to what we do today.
Claire Macdonald, who collected the award added: “It was so lovely to represent the Kinloch team at the wonderful awards ceremony. Although we are still very much involved with Kinloch, Godfrey and I handed over the day to day running of the hotel and restaurant to our daughter Isabella and chef director Marcello Tully nearly 10 yeas ago and it has been wonderful to watch them take Kinloch forward and to continue to go from strength to strength, we are very proud of everyone.”
PICTURED L-R Dorothy Green Chair of the Inverness Hotels Association, Lord Godfrey Macdonald and Lady Claire Macdonald Kinloch Lodge, Tanya Castell Vice Chair of Scottish Canals
IMAGE CREDIT Scottish Provincial Press.