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Scottish Rural Awards Announce 2019 Charity Partner

Scottish Rural Awards are delighted to announce their 2019 charity partner – Search & Rescue Dog Association Scotland (SARDA Scotland). SARDA Scotland is a national charity who train dogs and their handlers to search for missing persons, they’re an entirely volunteer-based organisation and cover all of Scotland, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.Continue Reading

Rural Enterprise and Innovation 2018

Xanthella Ltd. Dunstaffnage, Oban www.xanthella.co.uk Xanthella was founded in November 2009 by Dr Douglas McKenzie. Looking for a new business challenge, he identified algae as a growing market. He concluded that the most realistic way to address the commercial opportunity was as a tool company supplying highly innovative technologies to the producers of algae ratherContinue Reading

Conservation & Environment Finalists 2018

Xanthella Ltd. Dunstaffnage, Oban www.xanthella.co.uk Xanthella was founded in November 2009 by Dr Douglas McKenzie to address growing business opportunities relating to microalgae. The business focuses on the design and manufacture of culturing systems in the form of photobioreactors (PBR) that use submerged LED technology. They have developed a number of culturing systems available forContinue Reading

Business Start Up Finalists 2018

Wild Thyme Spirits Isle of Colonsay, Argyll www.wildthymespirits.com WTS not only makes premium artisan spirits but also runs a Gin Lover’s Retreat from its Hebridean HQ on the island of Colonsay. It was formed in August 2016 by husband and wife, Finlay and Eileen Geekie. Their first product – Colonsay Gin – was launched in MarchContinue Reading

Business Diversification Finalists 2018

Mackie’s of Scotland Rothienorman, Aberdeenshire www.mackies.co.uk Mackie’s is a pioneering fourth generation family, vertically integrated food and farming business -making dairy ice cream and chocolate on the farm in Aberdeenshire. The family have been farming there since 1912 and making ice cream in a ‘sky to scoop design chain’ since 1986. We started making iceContinue Reading

Artisan Drink Finalists 2018

Wild Thyme Spirits Isle of Colonsay, Argyll www.wildthymespirits.com WTS not only makes premium artisan spirits but also runs a Gin Lover’s Retreat from its Hebridean HQ on the island of Colonsay. It was formed in August 2016 by husband and wife, Finlay and Eileen Geekie. Their first product – Colonsay Gin – was launched in MarchContinue Reading

Agriculture Finalists 2018

Swanston Farm Ltd Edinburgh www.swanston.co.uk Swanston Farm Ltd is a commercial farm, including the farming of highland cattle and breeding of sheep and the keeping of free range laying hens (for the production of meat and eggs for the Brasserie), a public brasserie, golf courses and practice facilities, foot golf and disc golf courses, rentedContinue Reading

Artisan Food Finalists 2018

Woody’s Ice Cream Galston, Ayrshire www.woodysicecream.co.uk Founded in 2005, Woody’s are a family-run company based in the heart of Ayrshire, producing luxury dairy ice cream, and fresh fruit sorbets, low frozen yoghurts, as well as being stockists of associated frozen products. Their products are made fresh daily on the family farm factory, and delivered toContinue Reading

Rural Hospitality Finalists 2018

Venachar Lochside Loch Venachar, Callander www.venachar-lochside.com Venachar Lochside is a hidden gem on the north shores of Loch Venachar in the heart of the Trossachs. The restaurant is owned and managed by Andrew and Meghan. They are proud to welcome a range of customers into their little slice of heaven, from locals and day trippers, toContinue Reading