The Scottish Rural Awards 2017
The Scottish Rural Awards 2017

2018 Scottish Rural Awards shortlist revealed

The cream of Scotland’s rural industry has been shortlisted for the 2018 Scottish Rural Awards.

The shortlist spans 11 categories which celebrate all aspects of rural life, from artisan food and tourism, to education, conservation and agriculture.

The Scottish Rural Awards are the ultimate benchmark of success in Scotland's countryside, highlighting the enterprise, skill and innovation of those who live and work in rural areas.
Now in their fourth year, the Scottish Rural Awards are partnered by Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance and backed by a number of sponsors for 2018, including headline sponsor Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

Over 250 nominations for businesses have been made since launching at the beginning of August, spanning locations from the Outer Hebrides to the Borders, and Glasgow to Fife. Businesses were able to either self-nominate, or be nominated by someone before Monday 30th October.

A winner, runner-up and highly commended in each category will be unveiled at the Scottish Rural Awards & Gala Dinner, which will take place on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Those who have made special contributions to the Scottish countryside will also be honoured with two separate accolades – the Rural Hero Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year’s judges include Richard Bath, Editor of Scottish Field Magazine, and Jamie Stewart, Countryside Alliance Director for Scotland. A former judge of Taste of Grampian and The Thistle
Awards, Richard Bath is widely travelled throughout Scotland and is a keen country sportsman.

Jamie Stewart has worked within the wildlife and land management sector for over 20 years.

Full list of nominations –

RURAL TOURISM
Cairnie Fruit Farm
Crail Food Festival
DD8 Music
Gordon Castle Scotland
Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust
Logan Botanic Garden
New Lanark World Heritage Site
Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival
Stranraer Oyster Festival
The Cocoa Bean Company Chocolate Factory

AGRICULTURE
A & R Muirhead Grassseed Ltd
Alan C Watson
CH & AK Walker
Charlesfield Farms Ltd.
Harris Farm Meats
John Wight & Sons
Ledard Farm Ltd
Meadowsweet Organics
Scottish Organic Milk Producers Association
Swanston Farm

ARTISAN FOOD
Aye Love Real Food Ltd
Inverawe Smokehouse
Puddledub
Salar Smokehouse
Stewart Tower Dairy
The Really Garlicky Company
The Very Lovely Sauce Company
Thyme to Eat (Budge-Reid Partnership)
Wild Hearth Bakery
Woody's Ice Cream

ARTISAN DRINK
Avva Scottish Gin
Beinn an Tuirc Distillers
Ben Nevis Distillery
Buck and Birch Ltd (Aelder Elixir)
Dalrannoch Brewing Co
Deerness Distillery Ltd
Gordon Castle Scotland
Isle of Harris Distillers
Orkney Distilling Limited
Wild Thyme Spirits

BUSINESS DIVERSIFICATION
Bespoke Blooms
Craighead Country Nursery School
Down on the Farm
Errichel Farm (Budge-Reid Partnership)
Glen Tanar Estate
Hoods Honey
Horn Imports
Ledard Farm Ltd
Luss Estates
Mackie's of Scotland

RURAL EMPLOYER
Andrew Scott, Heaven Scent & Victus Consultancy
Cairnie Fruit Farm
Caledonian MacBrayne
Forest Holidays Limited
Fraser C Robb
Galloway Dark Sky Park
Gordon Castle Scotland
Jerba Campervans
Loch Duart Ltd.
Mackie's of Scotland

RURAL HOSPITALITY
Colstoun House & Cookery School
Craigatin House & Courtyard
Duns Castle Estate
Errichel Farm (Budge-Reid Partnership)
Gordon Castle Scotland
Knoydart Hide
Ninth Wave Restaurant
The Crinan Hotel
Tor na Coille Hotel
Venachar Lochside

RURAL ENTERPRISE AND INNOVATION
Back of Beyond Broadband
Down on the Farm
GlenWyvis Distillery
HIOBS Limited
Ice Robotics
MacRebur Ltd
Spey – Progressive Communications
VegCø
Waulkmill Cider & Grimble's Vinegar
Xanthella

BUSINESS START UP
Coralbox
Food From Argyll at The Pier
GlenWyvis Distillery
Jorie Jewellery
Kirkcolm Village Shop
Orkney Distilling Limited
Rosset Bespoke Butlers
The Carnegie Whisky Cellars
The Highland Cookhouse
Wild Thyme Spirits

CONSERVATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
ATLAS Arts
Catriona Hill/CH Architecture
CH & AK Walker
Communities Along The Carron Association
Galloway Fisheries Trust
Loch Ryan Oyster Fishery
MacRebur Ltd
The Angus Glens Moorland Group
The Luss Estates
Xanthella

EDUCATION
Adventure Centre for Education (ACE)/ Adventure Carrick
Breadalbane Academy
Colston House & Cookery School
Crofting and Local Food Production courses (Comhairle nan Eilean Siar)
Fenton Barns Nursery
Morrison's Academy
Ringlink Scotland Ltd.
Royal Northern Countryside Initiative
Scottish Crofting Federation
Scottish School of Forestry