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Loch Lomond & Clyde Sea Lochs Businesses up for Tourism Oscars

Destination Organisation Love Loch Lomond is delighted to see four local tourism and hospitality business members within the destination reach finalist stage of this year’s coveted “tourism Oscars”, the VisitScotland Scottish Thistle Awards.

The VisitScotland Scottish Thistle Awards have been celebrating and recognising excellence in Scottish tourism for 20 years: the awards are based on 5 regional programmes with the winners progressing to the National Final. 

In the Love Loch Lomond area, the following businesses have been recognised under the following regions and categories:

Central South West

Cameron House - Regional Young Ambassador, Amy Lyons

La Barca Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar, Riverbank Bar & Restaurant and  Cattle & Creel Steakhouse and Seafood Bar, all Helensburgh - Innovation

La Barca Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar – Best Restaurant Experience

Forest Holidays Ardgartan, Argyll - Best Holiday Accommodation

Central South East

The Oak Tree Inn Balmaha – Friendliest Pub/Bar

Owners Cara and Milan Nikolic of Helensburgh restaurants La Barca, Riverbank and new addition Cattle & Creel, whose businesses are nominated in two categories (Innovation & Best Restaurant Experience) are delighted to have reached finalist stage. 

Cara Nikolic said: “We’re over the moon to be recognised as playing a role in tourism in Helensburgh. Just to be shortlisted is an achievement in itself.”

Husband Milan Nikolic said:We want everyone who crosses our door to have a fantastic experience from attentive service and a great atmosphere to the quality, locally sourced produce we serve. We’re delighted to be shortlisted against two very prestigious Glasgow restaurants. We’re passionate about what we do and it’s also great recognition for our staff who work so hard.”

Karen Donnelly, Project Manager of Love Loch Lomond said: “Love Loch Lomond is absolutely delighted that our destination businesses’ ongoing commitment to the quality of our local food and drink, the formation of ambassadors via learning and training, and delivering the highest quality experience for visitors to Loch Lomond and Clyde Sea Lochs, is really paying off. We wish our local businesses and indeed all regional finalists the very best of luck.”

The regional final for Central South West finalists takes place on 4th November and the regional final for Central South East is on 11th November 2015.

For more information on the 2015 VisitScotland Thistle Awards go to:

Find more information about all the businesses listed on the Love Loch Lomond website.

* Header photograph shows from left to right, owners of La Barca, Cara and Milan Nikolic, and the hosts of STV Glasgow The Riverside Show.

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