Friday 3rd November saw many of the Eilean Donan team gather with the tourism industry’s finest at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness for the prestigious HITA 2017 Awards. This annual event celebrates the very best of tourism operators within the Highlands & Islands and has become a real fixture in the tourism calendar. With a record-breaking 232 entrants this year, the awards have firmly established themselves as the benchmark for the industry.
We were finalists in the brand new category of “Best Heritage Tourism Experience,” introduced to mark the Year of Heritage, History & Archaeology, and despite the fact that we were previous winners of the Best Visitor Attraction award back in 2014, we really had no idea what to expect.
Well incredibly, we won our 2nd Piper Trophy, and will now go forward to the Grand Final of the Scottish Thistle Awards on the 15th of March 2018 along with four other Regional Winners of the category.
To say we are hugely proud and delighted is a massive understatement! It has been an incredible year for everyone involved with the castle and has seen record-breaking visitor numbers for the 6th consecutive year.
Without doubt, it is the sheer commitment, professionalism and effort from the entire team that has led to this success, and without whom we would simply not excel in what we do. On behalf of the Conchra Charitable Trust who operate Eilean Donan, I’d just like to thank each and every one of them!