Scone Palace scooped the top accolade for tourism in the “Rural Oscars” last night, taking the Rural Tourism Award at the annual Countryside Alliance Awards 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.
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.