Meet the Helping it Happen finalists: Tourism Award

29 Aug 2019

Just in case you haven’t heard of our Helping It Happen Awards before, it’s probably best to kick off this series of ‘Meet the finalists’ with a little introduction. The Awards highlight how landowners and rural businesses across Scotland play a key role in enabling and supporting success in rural areas. We tell the story of exactly how estates and rural businesses are involved in projects large and small across Scotland, and hopefully encourage more activity of this kind.

Our Awards cover 9 diverse categories – from innovations in farming to passing on key rural skills to the next generation. Just a few weeks ago our expert panel of judges met to whittle down over 100 fantastic entries to only 26 finalists. We will celebrate their successes at the Sheraton Hotel in Edinburgh on 2 October where Anne Lundon, presenter of BBC’s Landward, will host our evening. We’d be delighted for you to join us. Book your tickets to the Awards Dinner & Ceremony. 

Let’s take a closer look at the fantastic finalists in the Tourism category, which is kindly sponsored by GLM. 

Scourie Hotel

Although Scourie Hotel has been welcoming guests to the North West of Scotland for over 170 years, the hotel, restaurant and bars have been transformed since the Campbell family purchased the hotel in 2015. Their own kitchen garden, as well as locally sourced meat, beer and other produce, provides guests with the finest ingredients with the fewest food miles. By working with local conservation groups to manage weeds and vegetation, the hotel is striking the right balance between great fishing and strong ecology. Our Helping It Happen judges admired the successful commercial journey the hotel has and continues to be on. 

Read their full story. 

JAHAMA Highland Estates 

Ben Nevis and Glen Nevis are nationally important resources for recreation and tourism, as well as providing a valuable community landscape. The partnership project between JAHAMA Highland Estates and the Nevis Landscape Partnership, ensures a trip to the UK’s highest mountain provides access for all. The new bridge and path through Glen Nevis enable outdoor activity, education and engagement with the natural environment for families, elderly and disabled people – not just the fittest mountaineers. The judges recognised the inclusivity at the heart of this impressive collaboration. 

Read their full story. 

Bankrugg Farm – The Bus Stop 

Our expert panel of judges loved the innovative and quirky agritourism project taking place on Bankrugg Farm in East Lothian. The Bus Stop is a growing fleet of luxury and rustic buses ‘recycled’ and transformed into stunning accommodation. Aside from watching the world go by in the tranquil surroundings, guests can enjoy wood-fired hot tubs, BBQs and log fires. They are also encouraged to pick their own eggs and walk to the local village to support the community. 

Read their full story. 

Join us at our Helping It Happen Awards Dinner & Ceremony, hosted by BBC Landward presenter Anne Lundon, to find out the winner! Book your tickets.