SCONE Palace last night scooped a top accolade for tourism, taking the Rural Tourism Award at the inaugural Scottish Rural Awards, organised by the Countryside Alliance and Scottish Field – which were held at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.
The crowning place of The Kings of Scots, the popular visitor attraction fought off stiff competition from 18 other Scottish rural destinations to take the title.
Says a spokesperson: “A long-time benchmark of excellence in the countryside, The Scottish Countryside Alliance Awards have gained significant following and respect for championing and demonstrating the rural industry’s innovation, dedication and aspirations.
“Judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the awards are a rigorous multi-stage process and receive hundreds of applications every year.”
Sarah Butler, chief executive for Scone Palace, commented:
“We are absolutely delighted! Scone Palace and its grounds attract well over 100,000 visitors every year, as well as the tens of thousands of visitors who attend major events held on the estate such as Rewind Festival and The Scottish Game Fair.
“We are always striving to improve our visitor experience and this Award recognizes the strong contribution Scone Palace makes as a visitor attraction, local employer and in putting Perthshire on the map as a key Scottish tourist destination.
“This is a real achievement for the team at Scone Palace who welcome our visitors from around the world every year, and who all work very hard to ensure that everyone gets a warm welcome and an unforgettable experience.”
The Scone Palace team were joined in their celebrations on the night by fellow Perthshire visitor attraction, The Scottish Crannog, who came highly commended in the same category, both shining out from a shortlist of 19 Scottish visitor attractions. Runners-up in the category were Cairnie Fruit Farm in Fife.
Scone Palace re-opens for the season on Wednesday 1st April and already has a range of family activities in store for the busy Easter weekend, including an Easter Sunday Pirate Fun Day on Sunday 5th April.
For more information visit www.scone-palace.co.uk.
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