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Issue 32 - Icons of Scotland

Scotland Magazine Issue 32
April 2007

 

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Icons of Scotland

Sally Toms introduces the winners of the fifth annual Icons of Scotland awards

It’s that time of year again. The time where Scotland Magazine recognises the very best of all things Scottish with our prestigious Icons of Scotland awards.

This is the fifth year of the annual awards, but this time we’ve chosen to do things a little differently. In previous years the Icons would culminate in a glitzy presentation as part of America’s Tartan Week celebrations in New York.

And for the past four years, the Icons of Scotland awards have focused on individuals and groups that have “served as ambassadors showcasing the artistic and cultural wealth of Scotland.” All that has changed. We’ve gone right back to basics by choosing to focus on Scotland’s iconic places and products. These are the things that really make this country special, and this is what Scotland Magazine is all about. It is these venues that deserve a little bit of recognition.

It was a difficult task. There are so many wonderful places in Scotland. Just how do you choose? We tried to do it in the most fair and democratic way possible.

To start with we emailed several thousand of our readers asking them to put forward their nominations in 25 listed categories. The response was overwhelming.

These names were then entered onto a shortlist and judged by eight members of Scotland Magazine’s editorial panel.

Each nomination was given one, two or three points. The points were totted up, and the product or place that received the most was declared winner. The runner-up was given a highly commended award, as in many cases there were only one or two points seperating them from the winner.

So here are the results. We think we’ve assembled a fantastic array of the true Icons of Scotland. You can find a full list of winners and nominations on our website.

Don’t be dissappointed if you weren’t asked for your contribution this year.We’ll be doing the sixth Icons of Scotland next year and if you’d like to be involved simply log onto our website www.scotlandmag.com, click on ‘contact’ and enter your details to join our mailing list. If the readers of Scotland Magazine can’t decide on the best of Scotland, then who can?

BEST REGIONAL EXPERIENCE
TOWN
Winner: Tobermory, Mull
Highly Commended: Kirkwall, Orkney
CITY
Winner: Glasgow
Highly Commended: Edinburgh
AREA
Winner: Skye
Highly Commended: The Trossachs

BEST RETAIL EXPERIENCE
CITY

Winner: Glasgow
Highly Commended: Edinburgh

INDIVIDUAL SHOP
Winner: Valvona & Crolla, Edinburgh
Highly Commended: House of Bruar, Perthshire

SHOPPING CENTRE
Winner: Princes Square, Glasgow
Highly Commended: Rose Street, Edinburgh

BEST INDOOR ATTRACTION MUSEUM
Winner: Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow
Highly Commended: Clydebuilt: The Scottish Maritime Museum, Glasgow

GALLERY
Winner: The National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Highly Commended: Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

THEATRE
Winner: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Highly Commended: Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry

DISTILLERY VISITOR CENTRE

Winner: Glenfiddich, Dufftown, Banffshire
Highly Commended: Dewar’s World of Whisky, Aberfeldy Pethshire

VISITOR EXPERIENCE

Winner: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Highly Commended: Scotch Whisky Experience, Edinburgh

BEST OUTDOOR ATTRACTION
GOLF COURSE

Winner: The Old Course, St Andrews
Highly Commended: The Westin Turnberry, Ayrshire

TOUR
Winner: Hebridean Wildlife Tours
Highly Commended: Isle of Mull Wildlife Expeditions, Mull

GARDEN
Winner: The Queen Mother’s Garden,The Royal Botanical Garden, Edinburgh
Highly Commended: Little Sparta, Dunsyre, Lanarkshire

WILDLIFE CENTRE
Winner: Loch Garten Osprey Centre, Boat of Garten
Highly Commended: Edinburgh Zoo, Edinburgh

OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE

Winner: West Highland Railway
Highly Commended: Queen’s View, Loch Tummel

BEST HISTORIC ATTRACTION CASTLE
Winner: Eilean Donan, Kyle of Lochalsh
Highly Commended: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

HOUSE
Winner: Bowhill and Buccleuch Estates, Selkirk
Highly Commened: John Knox House, Edinburgh

ABBEY
Winner: Iona Abbey, Iona
Highly Commened: Kirkwall Abbey, Orkney

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE
Winner: Skara Brae, Orkney
Highly Commended: Calanais, Lewis

OF SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE
Winner: Italian Chapel, Orkney
Highly Commended: Inchmahome Priory,

MADE IN SCOTLAND DRINK
Winner: Isle of Arran distillery, Arran
Highly Commended: Caledonian Brewery, Edinburgh

FOOD
Winner: Inverawe Smokehouse, Argyll
Highly Commended: Caledonian Connoisseur, Kelso

JEWELLERY
Winner: Graham Stewart Silversmith, Dunblane
Highly Commended: Malcolm Appleby, Grandtully, Aberfeldy

CLOTHING
Winner: Belinda Robertson Cashmere, Edinburgh
Highly Commended: Harris Tweed Textiles, Harris