Scottish Thistle Awards

It’s time for a little celebration because we’ve just heard the exciting news that we’ve been nominated for not one, but TWO of this year’s Scottish Thistle Awards.

The awards, run by Visit Scotland, have been on the go for over 20 years and are known as the Oscars of the Scottish tourism world.


First up we heard the news that our Action Glen has been nominated for the Best Outdoor/Adventure Experience category. They’ll go up against Go Ape and Highland Fling Bungee in the Central, Fife & Tayside Regional Final this November.


Since opening in 2013, Action Glen has been a popular choice for lots of different visitors, from corporate teambuilding, hen and stag parties, to families or couples looking for a unique day out. We welcome 40,000 visitors to Action Glen every year, and we’re always evolving the offering to keep it fresh and exciting.

Of course, we did what’s right under these circumstances, and immediately began a little celebration.


Our resident Action Glen mascot, Glen, had already popped open the fizz when word came through that The Park hotel in Peebles (a member of our family of hotels) had received the nomination for the Innovation in Tourism award. They’ll be battling it out against Born in the Borders and Lateral City to make it through to the National Final, which takes place in March.


The Park has undergone a rigorous upcycled facelift since we bought it over. It pays homage to Peebles’ industrial past, weaving the stories of the recently closed March Street Mill with the history of the hotel itself.


Now we don’t like to brag, but we’re absolutely delighted to have received a double nomination and it’s great to see the teams’ hard work being recognised by Visit Scotland. We have to admit that we’re already going between perfecting the dreaded ‘gracious-loser face’ and dreaming of our acceptance speech.

The two categories couldn’t be more different, and we wouldn’t possibly expect to win them both. But it’s certainly nice to imagine it, and it’s brilliant to be in the running.



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