Scottish walking website up for top award
Great news for one of my favourite websites, Walkhighlands. The fantastic Scottish walking resource has reached the finals of VisitScotland’s prestigious Thistle Awards. Walkhighlands has been nominated in the Innovation category for the development of its social network for walkers.
Walkhighlands offers detailed information on more than 1,150 walking routes, with links to places to stay and things to do.
Co-founder Paul Webster said: “We’ve come such a long way since setting up the business in 2007. We have grown the site from 30 walks to the UK’s busiest walkers’ website.
“The best thing about this nomination is that it recognises the importance of the thousands of visitors who contribute to the site each day, sharing entertaining experiences from their walks and posting fabulous photos.”
The 2010 awards will see Walkhighlands up against tour operator, Rabbie’s Trail Burners, based in Edinburgh, and newcomer, Whitefalls Spa Lodges, which offers stunning accommodation and spa treatments on the Isle of Lewis.
Scott Armstrong, VisitScotland’s regional director said: “To allow Scotland to prosper, Scottish tourism must grow dramatically. It is encouraging to see the outstanding quality of businesses shortlisted [in our awards]. It takes a great deal of dedication, innovation and hard work to operate a successful business and Helen and Paul Webster at Walkhighlands clearly have these qualities in abundance. We wish Helen and Paul all the best for the awards and indeed for the future.”
The 2010 winners of the coveted VisitScotland accolades will be announced at an Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on October 29.
In 2008, Walkhighlands won the VisitScotland award for their guide to walks.