The finalists of a prestigious hospitality awards in Scotland have been announced.

More than 20 businesses across Ayrshire have been shortlisted - several more than once - in the seventh Scottish Hospitality Awards 2024 which highlight the very best in hotels, restaurants, bars, spas, and other sectors within the industry.

The awards aim to highlight excellence in Scotland’s vibrant hospitality industry. For the last six years, these awards have celebrated the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the hospitality sector in Scotland. 

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in late spring.

The Ayrshire-wide finalists of each category in the seventh Scottish Hospitality Awards 2024 are:

Best Day Out

Kelburn Castle Country Centre (Largs)

Outdoor Venue of the Year

Kelburn Estate (Largs)    

Children’s Play Centre of the Year

Pirate Pete’s (Ayr), Jungle Madness Soft Play (Kilmarnock)

Best Entertaining Team

Ayr Racecourse

Sports Venue of the Year

Ayr Racecourse

Best Scottish Festival

Kelburn Garden Party (Fairlie)

Best Theatre Scotland

The Gaiety Theatre (Ayr)  

Best Bar

Crumbs & Cocktails (Ayr), The Buf (Prestwick)

Resort Hotel of the Year

Auchrannie Resort (Isle of Arran), Trump Turnberry

Romantic Hotel of the Year

Western House Hotel (Ayr), Glenapp Castle (Ballantrae)

Hotel of the Year

The Douglas Hotel (Isle of Arran)

Spa Hotel of the Year

Auchrannie (Isle of Arran)

Best Hotel General Manager

The Douglas Hotel (Isle of Arran), Trump Turnberry

Bed & Breakfast of the Year

 Sandhill House (Troon), Carlton Seamill

Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year

The Corner House (Kilwinning)

Best Dining Experience 

Hollybush Inn (Ayr), The Blair (Kilwinning), Souters Inn (Maybole)

Best Holiday Park

Craig Tara Holiday Park (Ayr)

A spokesperson for the 2024 awards said: “We’re proud to once again get to showcase the remarkable talent and exceptional standards within Scotland’s vibrant hospitality industry.

"These finalists have consistently demonstrated excellence, innovation, and dedication in their respective categories, setting the benchmark for quality and service within the Scottish hospitality industry.

"We want to wish all of our finalists the best of luck.”

For more information and further updates visit The Scottish Hospitality Awards on Facebook.