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Kincraig's outdoor centre outdoes the rest

By Tom Ramage

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Badenoch’s Loch Insh Outdoor Centre has been crowned Scotland’s Outdoor Venue of the Year.

The Scottish Hospitality Awards 2022 were announced with great ceremony at Glasgow's Marriott Hotel on Monday.

Loch Insh’s delighted representatives were board chairman Tom Brown and director Jonny Freshwater.

“We are over the moon to have won and are so so proud of all the team whose hard work has made all of this happen,” said Mr Freshwater, resplendent in Highland dress.

Loch Insh Outdoor Centre director Jonny Freshwater accepts the top accolade in Glasgow as chairman Tom Brown looks on
Loch Insh Outdoor Centre director Jonny Freshwater accepts the top accolade in Glasgow as chairman Tom Brown looks on

“ Now it’s onwards and upwards for the team at Kincraig.”

Mr Freshwater, whose family have run the business since its launch way back in 1968, told the Strathy: “I want to record a massive thank you to all the team over the last few years who always give their best and have helped Loch Insh win tonight.”

He told the Strathy: “We all love what we do and we try really hard to make sure every visitor gets the same great welcome, whether it’s their first step into the outdoors or they are regular visitors.”

Mr Freshwater said there will be a big victory celebration this weekend at the centre.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to come along and join in – we’re serving curry with songs tomorrow night (Friday) and there will be a big solstice beach party from 2-10pm on Saturday.”

Gina McKie, who presented all 32 accolades at the bash, explained: “The Scottish Hospitality Awards 2022 is an exclusive celebration of the people and businesses that make the country a great place to visit or call home; from restaurants, bars and hotels to shopping complexes, festivals and cultural venues that enhance the country’s cultural landscape.”

She acknowledged all the winners for “their hard work and determination to making Scotland the incredible place we all appreciate”. Ms McKie said: “These awards have acknowledged some incredible individuals who make a positive difference to the hospitality industry.”

The winners have been voted for by the public and are ‘a true reflection of the success, professionalism and ethos values which set them apart from the others’.

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