Thinking of entering the Thistle Awards?

For over 30 years, The Scottish Thistle Awards have been recognising and championing the very best of the Scottish tourism, hospitality and events industry. The Awards honour the very best individuals, businesses and partnerships for their innovation, excellence and success.  VisitScotland supports SSDA in delivering the awards and provides all the judging administration for the South of Scotland Thistle Awards.  See here for more details about the judging process.


The awards are a great way to share your success with your industry peers and a chance to celebrate and reward the hard work of individuals and teams.


The winners of all our awards receive national media coverage through our partnership with News Scotland, publisher of The Times and Sunday Times Scotland and The Scottish Sun.


As a winner, you join a prestigious roll of honour, earning recognition as one of the best in the country, providing inspiration to peers and supporting tourism growth.

Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners

Headline Sponsor

Best Hotel Experience


Best Visitor Attraction

Best Outdoor or Adventure Experience

Drinks Reception

Delivered by South of Scotland Destination Alliance and supported by South of Scotland Enterprise