HEADLINE SPONSORS: The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) was established in 1784 to promote the trade, agriculture, poetry, language and music of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Today, it is principally known for its flagship event the Royal Highland Show, Scotland’s leading outdoor event showcasing farming, food and rural life, but its activities cover much more. In addition to recognising skills, achievement, innovation and excellence through a series of awards and grants, the Society has a strong educational role in promoting all aspects of rural life in Scotland including agriculture, horticulture and forestry. The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) fulfils this role through links with Scottish schools. RHET, core-funded by RHASS, is a key player in the delivery of the Curriculum for Excellence. The Society also operates the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston, Scotland’s largest indoor and outdoor event venue with over 200 events staged annually, attracting more than one million visitors. The Society is currently working on a master plan for the enhancement of the centre. Through these activities and more, the Society generates in excess of £250million per year for the Scottish economy.
Chiene + Tait
Chiene + Tait Chartered Accountants was established over 125 years ago in Edinburgh. The firm is proud of its Scottish heritage and has grown over the last decade to become one of the leading UK independent providers of business and accounting advice. The specialist team supports rural businesses and estates to develop opportunities for growth and, when the time comes, successfully hands over to the next generation. Chiene + Tait is pleased to support the Scottish Rural Awards, which celebrate the industry, innovation, dedication and aspirations of those who live and work in rural areas. Rory Kennedy, Chiene + Tait Partner, comments, ‘The Scottish Rural Awards are a benchmark of excellence. We are delighted to sponsor the Rural Hero Award and look forward to working together with Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance to promote the work of innovative rural businesses.’
Scotland’s trailblazing sound and light show fuses the creative talents of Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes (lighting designers) with Jon Beales and Rachel Cullen (sound designers) to create an outdoor experience that will set your imagination alight. With dazzling visuals and innovative design set against an original music score explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Forest and Land Scotland’s Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Using the forest as a natural backdrop, you will experience a lighting show that is, quite simply, out of this world. The Enchanted Forest is renowned for being Scotland’s premier sound and light experience and attracts over 80,000 visitors to Highland Perthshire every year. The event has swept the board at a number of prestigious award ceremonies including, Best Cultural Event at the VisitScotland Regional Awards in 2019, Best Outdoor Festival at the Scottish Outdoor & Leisure Awards 2017, Best Cultural Event at the UK Event Awards 2016, Scottish Rural Award for Tourism & Hospitality in 2016, Scottish Thistle Award for Best Event in 2015, the Event Management Grand Prix, and Best Cultural Event at the Scottish Event Awards. For more information see www.enchantedforest.org.uk
CHARITY PARTNER: The National Rural Mental Health Forum
The National Rural Mental Health Forum is a unique, innovative, shining example of communities and organisations across rural Scotland collaborating to tackle one of the leading challenges of our time, the mental health and wellbeing of those living in rural Scotland. The Scottish Rural Awards are a celebration of such unique initiatives such as the National Rural Mental Health Forum.
The National Rural Mental Health Forum was set up to tackle mental health and wellbeing in rural parts of Scotland. It is a unique partnership of over 110 organisations from the private, public and third sectors which focusses on furthering research, informing policy, reduces stigma through various forms of media and events, encourages mental health first aid training and builds resilience in remote and rural communities.
The National Rural Mental Health Forum was set up and is run by the mental health charity Support in Mind Scotland, who have 50 years’ experience in mental health, run services from Golspie to Stranraer and employ 110 people to support up to 1,500 individuals every week in Scotland, 80% of whom are in our rural areas. For more information see www.ruralwellbeing.org
Strathallan School is an independent day and boarding school for 9-18 year olds whose mission to provide an outstanding education for all stands true to the school’s original foundation over 100 years ago. Strathallan pupils excel academically, compete in sports at national and international levels and play as part of nationwide orchestras and ensembles. The school’s 153 acre Perthshire campus has seen an investment of over £25m over the last fifteen years, creating exceptional facilities including a £1.2m purpose-built studio, 240-seat theatre, and extensive sports pitches and training facilities. In 2019, The Care Inspectorate rated Strathallan Excellent for the Quality of care and support, and last year, 60 pupils played as part of a national or international team across a range of sports, and A-Level students achieved their best results in a decade, with a quarter of all students awarded straight A* or A grades. www.strathallan.co.uk
Award-winning designer Joyce Young OBE has been established at the top end of the wedding and special occasion market for 27 years. Joyce has two stylish showrooms in Glasgow and London. Uniquely the company run its own production unit in Glasgow adjacent to the showroom where all the couture designs are made by a highly skilled team. Joyce, a graduate of the prestigious Glasgow School of Art, designs elegant and timeless dresses and outfits for discerning brides and mothers. All her designs are individually made to measure to ensure a perfect fit and offer the client great flexibility in choice of style, luxurious fabrics and beautiful colours. Alongside the special occasion collections Joyce designs quirky styles in tartan and tweed and has also launched a new range of day dresses. Her client base is worldwide through recommendation and a comprehensive website. www.joyceyoungcollections.co.uk
One of Scotland’s most distinguished kilt-makers, MacGregor and MacDuff have been showcasing world-class Scottish craftsmanship and award-winning Highlandwear for over 40 years. Using traditional kilt-making skills and techniques that have been passed down and refined through generations, MacGregor and MacDuff offer a range of traditional and modern outfits for all occasions. From authentic Scottish Kilts and stylish Tartan Trews to pair with traditional Prince Charlie Kilt Jackets and contemporary Tweed Jackets, as well as a wide array of highlandwear and tartan accessories, find your Scottish style with MacGregor and MacDuff.
With two stores in Glasgow and one in Prestwick alongside fitting services in London, Manchester and New York, customers around the world can enjoy authentic Scottish Highlandwear. With over 4,000 tartans on offer, from traditional clan and district tartans to their exclusive Mist Collection tartans inspired by some of Scotland’s most iconic locations, weave your story with MacGregor and MacDuff. www.macgregorandmacduff.co.uk
Cloncaird Castle, a 16th century castle situated in Ayrshire, Scotland, set in 140 acres of stunning surroundings and providing guests with exclusivity, luxury, and Scottish charm. The Castle has refurbished 8 holiday cottages on the estate along with an Honesty shop championing local food and drink products. The Estate is also becoming much greener and embracing Eco Tourism, utilising the 140 acres. The Castle has collaborated with over 30 local makers, artisans and businesses to create the new Cloncaird. As well as providing an escape from the modern world, the Castle’s atrium and grounds provide the perfect space for weddings and events with a truly unique feel. Local and Scottish provenance along with green credentials is the way forward for this hidden gem. www.cloncairdcastle.co.uk