Top tourism award for B&B business

Louise Nicoll (centre) is pictured with Jacqui Gale, CEO of ARRAN, Sense of Scotland (left) and host Jennifer Reoch.

Louise Nicoll (centre) is pictured with Jacqui Gale, CEO of ARRAN, Sense of Scotland (left) and host Jennifer Reoch.

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An agritourism business in Angus was among four organisations from the county and the Dundee area to be named winners at a Scottish tourism award ceremony.

Newton Farm Holidays at Inverarity won the Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House at the Central, Fife & Tayside Regional Final of the Scottish Thistle Awards,

Louise Nicoll, owner of the business, said: “It is with great surprise and delight that we at Newton Farm Holidays have been awarded the Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House Regional Award.

“It makes us so proud to know that our efforts in sharing our family home and farm to make our guests’ experience in Angus a memorable one has been rewarded.

Scotland’s Jute Museum @ Verdant Works was awarded Best Visitor Attraction while Apex City Quay was named Most Hospitable Hotel and The Royal Arch the Friendliest Pub/Bar.

Adam Newth, of The Tayberry Restaurant in Broughty Ferry, took home the new Regional Rising Star category which awards young people aged 30 and under who have shown real passion for tourism. Judges were impressed by his “passion for Scottish produce and his willingness to share that desire with others”.

The awards recognise hotels, restaurants, B&Bs, visitor attractions and individuals who go the extra mile to provide customers with exceptional service.

Rebecca Brooks, awards chairwoman and VisitScotland board member, said: “A huge congratulations to all of the winners at the Central, Fife & Tayside Regional Final and I wish them the best of luck as they move forward to represent the region in the Scottish Thistle Awards National Final next year.

“It has been another record-breaking year of entries for the Scottish Thistle Awards and winners, and indeed all finalists, should be very proud of their achievements in such a highly competitive field. The Scottish tourism industry and hospitality sector prides itself on delivering a rewarding experience for visitors and success here is both recognition of excellence and innovation, and a sign of quality. It is their warm welcome which makes the country a world-class destination for visitors.”