The Scottish Rural Awards is pleased to announce a new sponsor for its fifth annual awards.
The awards are the ultimate benchmark of success in Scotland’s countryside, highlighting the enterprise, skill and innovation of those who live and work in rural areas.
The Scottish Rural Awards are partnered by Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance and backed by a number of sponsors for 2019, including headline sponsor Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).
Holidaycottages.co.uk have been revealed as the sponsors of the Rural Tourism category.
A spokesman for the firm said: ‘Holidaycottages.co.uk, part of the Travel Chapter group, have been providing a first class service to property owners and customers for over 30 years. We’re proud to have built a reputation as a leading holiday letting agency with a quality collection of holiday homes right across the UK.
‘We believe that letting holiday properties should be a simple, stress-free and successful experience. Taking care of every aspect from marketing to bookings, our property owners benefit from the support of a local property manager and a central team of dedicated experts.
‘And for those taking a holiday, we believe booking it should be just as relaxing an experience as the holiday itself. At holidaycottages.co.uk we pride ourselves on offering a friendly, personal service, as well as a diverse collection of properties. From romantic retreats with hot tubs to luxury stays with a swimming pool, we are confident our customers can easily find the perfect home-from-home.’
A set of 11 categories were open for nominations between July and October, with over 250 made nominations in total.
A winner and runner-up in each category will be unveiled at the Scottish Rural Awards & Gala Dinner, which will take place on Thursday 21 March 2019 at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.
Those who have made special contributions to the Scottish countryside will also be honoured with two separate accolades – the Rural Hero Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.
This year’s finalists are:
AGRICULTURE: Donald Macsween t/a Air An Lot; Fullwoodhead Dairy Supplies Ltd; Growers Garden; JN Fuller-Shapcott & Co. ; Kerry Annal; Mossgiel Farm; River Croft; Ruthven Farm; South Corton Farm; Baddinsgill Farm.
ARTISAN DRINK: Badvo Distillery; Birken Tree; Cairn O Mohr; GlenWyvis Distillery; Isle of Raasay Distillery; Laprig Valley; Loch Ness Spirits; Lussa Drinks Company LLP; Ncn’ean Distillery; Walter Gregor’s Tonic Water.
ARTISAN FOOD: Bhaile Craft Bakery; Clootie McToot Traditional Dumplings; Ewan Morrice Butcher (Buchans Finest Bucher); Galloway Chillies; Growers Garden; Island Bakery Organics Ltd; Springfield Game and Country Meats; St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company; The Nithsdale Smokehouse; Auchentullich Dairy Ice Cream.
BUSINESS DIVERSIFICATION: Archerfield Walled Garden; Colstoun; Glencoe Activities; Guardswell Farm; Salar Smokehouse; Shellfield Farm; The Wee Farm Distillery; South Corton Farm; Westfield Farms; Torrisdale Castle Estate.
BUSINESS START-UP: Beirhope Alpaca Trekking; Heb Shuttle; Ice and Fire Distillery; Lily’s Dough; Ovenstone 109 Ltd; The Scottish Bee Company; The Wee Farm Distillery; The Wild Outdoors; Wild Thyme Spirits; Pittenweem Preserves.
CONSERVATION & THE ENVIRONMENT: Fishing for litter – KIMO UK; Forest Holidays; Invercauld Estate; Mull Eagle Watch; Ruthven Farm; Firda; Outdoor Access Trust for Scotland; Ullapool Sea Savers; Glenmuckloch Community Energy Park; Hands-On Environmental Education.
EDUCATION: Blinkbonny Wood; Breadalbane Academy; Friendly Access; Rosset Bespoke Butlers; Saviour Associates; Station House Cafe & Cookery School; The Outward Bound Trust; The Polar Academy; The Rural Youth Project; The Shieling Project.
RURAL EMPLOYER: Campbell’s of Beauly; Luss Smokehouse; Macleod Construction Limited; Macphie; Scottish Salmon Company; Shiel Buses; Speyside Cooperage; Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn; Ardnahoe Distillery; Borthwick Castle.
RURAL ENTERPRISE & INNOVATION: Campbell’s of Beauly; Salar Smokehouse; Shiel Buses; The Gin Thing; The Highland Soap Company; Trossachs Distillery ta McQueen Gin; The Lindores Distilling Co. Ltd; ATLAS Arts
Cruise Loch Ness; Blackford Craft Distillery.
RURAL HOSPITALITY: Arisaig House; Dreamcatcher Cabins; Kingsmills Hotel; Kishorn Seafood Bar; Kylesku Hotel; Moor of Rannoch Restaurant & Rooms; RiverBeds; Scourie Hotel; Sinclairs Kitchen; The Eskdale Hotel.
RURAL TOURISM: Discover Clackmannanshire; Dunvegan Castle Skye; Falls of Shin Visitor Attraction; Great Time Scotland Ltd; HebCelt Festival; Loch Lomond Faerie Trail; Malt Whisky Trail; Misty Isle Boat Trips; North Coast 500; Port of Cromarty Firth.
Click HERE for more details on the awards.