Best Visitor Attraction 2017

Best Visitor Attraction 2017

We were delighted to win the Pride of the Forth Valley Awards 2017 Best Visitor Attraction, voted for by the listeners of Central FM.  This went well with our 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence – our third in consecutive years!

It turns out that we weren’t the only one that picked up awards in November, we all got together on the steamer to show off our awards!

Trossachs organisations have won three of the UK’s most prestigious business and community awards.

Best Visitor Attraction, Forth Valley Awards 2017: Central FM listeners voted to give this award to Loch Katrine’s Steamship Sir Walter Scott.

Diamond Award 2017: Hoseasons customers from across the UK voted to recognise Forest Holidays Strathyre for outstanding customer service.

Not for Profit Organisation of the Year, UK Heart Safe Awards: This award went to the already multi-award-winning Trossachs Search and Rescue.

AwardsAll three organisations met on the Steamship Sir Walter Scott to show off their awards and capture the event for some photos. (Attached)

Stuart Brain, operations manager of the Steamship Sir Walter Scott, said “We are delighted to have won Best Visitor Attraction, especially as it was voted for by local people who enjoy coming to Loch Katrine.  We want to thank all those people who voted for us.  It is also fantastic to be joined by Forest Holidays Strathyre and Trossachs Search and Rescue Team today on the Steamer to share their experiences and also promote the Trossachs area as a whole.”

Tom Sherry, People Development Manager at Strathyre Cabins, was equally happy at the Trossachs winning triple, saying “The Trossachs was the birthplace of tourism in Scotland back in the early 1800s and it is fantastic news that different companies and organisations working in the Trossachs today are being recognised for their excellence in providing our customers a wonderful holiday experience whilst helping our local economy.” Some more details can be found here

Completing the triple win was Trossachs Search and Rescue; a charity in its 20th year whose volunteers brave the elements to support local communities and emergency services across the rural expanses of Stirling. Nikola Thomson and Joanne Reid attended the award ceremony at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester.

As well as winning the ‘Not for Profit Organisation of the Year Award’, the charity was also


runner up in the ‘Community Responder Scheme of the Year Award’. The UK Heart Safe Awards which celebrates outstanding organisations who have created Heart Safe environments for their workplace and local communities.

Stuart Ballantyne, Chairman of Trossachs Search + Rescue said:

“We were delighted to receive this award in recognition of the successful partnership between our members, local businesses and community groups that has saved the lives of 7 people through our training of over 1,000 people a year in CPR and installed over 110 public access defibrillators across the area.”

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