Rural Hospitality Finalists 2018

Venachar Lochside

Loch Venachar, Callander

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, to city people looking to see the best of the countryside.


Tor Na Coille Hotel

Banchory, Aberdeenshire

The Tor Na Coille Hotel in Banchory has been a landmark building on Royal Deeside since the reign of Queen Victoria. The hotel has 25 individually designed country house style bedrooms – all recently refurbished – and a 60-seat restaurant and a bar. The hotel and the team at the hotel have undergone an incredible transformation and while David and Nigel’s vision has been the catalyst, it is the staff that have been responsible for ensuring that their standards are delivered.


The Crinan Hotel

Crinan, Lochgilphead, Argyll

Nick and Frances Ryan and The Crinan Hotel have been part of the Mid-Argyll landscape for nearly 50 years. Their commitment to using local suppliers and training and employing local people has been a guiding aim throughout our time at the Crinan Hotel. Not only does The Crinan Hotel provide first-class hospitality to local residents and businesses, it has also helped to make Crinan and Mid-Argyll a destination for travellers from throughout the British Isles and the rest of the world.


Ninth Wave Restaurant

Bruach Mhor, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull, Argyll

Ninth Wave is an intimate, award-wining seafood and game restaurant on the scenic Isle of Mull, where they offer quality modern cuisine: a celebration of excellent produce gathered from the magnificent provender of Scotland. It lies on a traditional croft brimming with wild meadowsweet where you dine in the comfort of a lovingly renovated, 200-year-old crofter’s bothy. The restaurant takes its name from Celtic sea mythology, where the ‘land of other-worldly delights’ begins at the Ninth Wave. This spirit is reflected in both Ninth Wave’s eclectic style of cuisine and in an ethos where luxury meets sustainability and environmental awareness.


Knoydart Hide

Inverie, Knoydart, Mallaig

Knoydart Hide are a husband and wife partnership with two part time staff. The business has been operating two years. It has steadily booked out 8 -12 months ahead and so far about 45 per cent is repeat business or referral. Their ethos is people are important – both customer and staff. With total confidence in their product, the duo tirelessly benchmark to stay at the top. Fundamentally this is the key to their sustainability, always look ahead and walk in your customer’s boots, or wellies if you live in Knoydart!


Gordon Castle Scotland

Fochabers, Moray

Gordon Castle Estate, Walled Garden and the Gordon Castle Scotland brand are the results of eight years hard work by Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox since they took over the running of Gordon Castle Estate, Fochabers in 2008. Today, the estate offers exclusive use accommodation in the castle, self-catering holiday cottages, world-class salmon fishing, Walled Garden visitor attraction, natural children’s play area and a cafe serving delicious fresh food from the garden and local suppliers.


Errichel Farm, Errichel House & Cottages, Thyme at Errichel Reastaurant, Thyme to Eat (Budge-Reid Partnership)

Aberfeldy, Perthshire

In 1998 Errichel Farm owners Alastair and Iris Budge-Reid bought Errichel Farm and have worked tirelessly to make it into what it is today. Over the years they have redeveloped the outbuildings to provide quality holiday accommodation, extended and refurbished Errichel House to provide luxury guest accommodation, a professional kitchen and a stunning dining room for Thyme at Errichel Restaurant. Errichel Farm represents two lifetimes of hard work and is testimony to the vision they have and the importance they place on ensuring high standards throughout.


Duns Castle Estate

Duns, Scottish Borders

Duns Castle (founded in 1320), is a privately owned property approximately one hour south east of Edinburgh and set in 1200 acres  of woodland, pastures and a nature reserve. The estate has belonged to the Hay family since 1696 and the current owners, Alick and Aline Hay, live in private quarters within the castle, the remainder being made available for exclusive use bookings (weddings, gatherings, corporate meetings). Between the castle and the six holiday cottages, the estate can sleep up to 49 guests and cater to groups of up to 60 in the castle or larger numbers in tented receptions on the lawn. The estate’s ambitions are to develop the property in a sustainable way, primarily as an exclusive use venue, while preserving the essence of a private home.


Craigatin House and Courtyard

Pitlochry, Perthshire

Situated in secluded wooded grounds in the highland town of Pitlochry, Craigatin House is a beautiful Victorian, former Doctors house, transformed into a 14-bedroom, award-winning, boutique Bed and Breakfast, providing a unique blend of the traditional with the luxury of contemporary design. Standing in two acres of manicured gardens with off-road parking, it is just a five minute walk from the town centre. Craigatin is a beautiful well maintained property, but it’s consistent quality of service that generates results.



Haddington, East Lothian

Most simply, Colstoun is a rural events business located in the oldest house in Scotland to have always been inhabited by the same family, but in reality they are much more complicated than that – they  are a multifaceted business with 900 years of Broun history, living and working on a 2000-acre estate 30 minutes east of Edinburgh. At its heart, Colstoun is a family business managed by five family members, sharing the administrative, operational, marketing, maintenance and grounds work of the business.