Rosslyn Chapel has been named ‘best visitor attraction’ in the national final of the Scottish Thistle Awards. Held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on Friday 18th March, the national finals revealed a total of 14 winners across a range of categories during a glittering evening ceremony hosted by comedian Fred MacAulay.
The Chapel won the regional final last November and went on to compete with Macduff Aquarium, the Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail and Aberlour Distillery Visitor Centre for the national title.
Ian Gardner, Director of Rosslyn Chapel Trust, said: ‘It is fantastic news that we have won the national final in the ‘best visitor attraction’ category of the prestigious Scottish Thistle Awards. Since completing the major conservation project at Rosslyn Chapel, our focus has been to keep enhancing the experience for our visitors, who come from all over the world. Winning this award is great recognition for all members of our team who work hard to ensure that Rosslyn Chapel provides one of the best visitor experiences in Scotland.’
Stephen Carter OBE, Chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards Industry Panel, said: ‘I would like to congratulate all our tourism champions for their dedication to Scotland’s tourism industry. Tourism is at the heartbeat of the Scottish economy, and all those nominated are industry leading ambassadors, positioning Scotland as the perfect place to visit and do business. The Scottish Thistle Awards are all about celebrating innovation, highlighting excellence and sharing best practice. It is important we continue to recognise those who go the extra mile to enhance the visitor experience, embodying the very spirit of Scotland.’
The Scottish Thistle Awards, now in their 28th year, are led by a panel of industry experts from several organisations including VisitScotland, Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards, Highlands & Islands Tourism Awards, the Hospitality Industry Trust Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and sportscotland.