Our Awards & Accolades

We at Ardtorna both love what we do, and each day we look forward to sharing our home with guests from all over the world. It is always a huge honour to be acknowledged by our guests, organisations and publications for doing something that we take great pride in.

Since we opened the doors at Ardtorna in 2010 we have been rather fortunate to have received a large number of awards for various categories ranging from design to service in addition to winning ‘The best B&B / Guest House‘ for Scotland 6 times.
The following lists a few of these accolades. We hope you enjoy browsing through this page.

Scotland's Best B&B

The Scottish Hotel Awards National Winner 2017

The prestigious Scottish Hotel Awards Gala dinner was held in Glasgow on April 23rd. Ardtorna was thrilled to receive a beautiful engraved crystal trophy as national winners for 'Scotland's Best B&B 2017' This made us extremely proud, making it the sixth time Ardtorna has been crowned 'Scotland's Best B&B' in the past seven years.

Breakfast of the Year 2017

Visit Scotland 5 Star Gold

Visit Scotland uses a five tier grading system to indicate the standard of service and facilities on offer at establishments. The Gold Award is awarded to those operating at the pinnacle of the grading given. 5 Star Gold is the highest possible grading.
Ardtorna has been 5 Star Gold with Visit Scotland since 2010.

AA Gold Five Star

AA 5 Star Gold

AA has awarded Ardtorna 5 Star Gold in recognition of its quality throughout the property and service provided. The gold grading is an indication that Ardtorna is operating in the top 10% of all 5 star properties in Scotland.
Ardtorna has been 5 Star Gold with AA since 2011.

The Scottish Food Awards and Academy 2017

The Scottish Food Awards and Academy 2017

On Sunday May 7th The Scottish Food Awards gala dinner was held at the Kings Hall in Edinburgh where hundreds of people involved in the food industry in Scotland came together to find out who the winners were in many categories. Ardtorna was thrilled to win a breakfast award at this event.

The Scottish Food Awards and Academy 2017

The Scottish Food Awards and Academy 2017

On Sunday May 7th The Scottish Food Awards gala dinner was held at the Kings Hall in Edinburgh where hundreds of people involved in the food industry in Scotland came together to find out who the winners were in many categories. Ardtorna was thrilled to win a highly commended award in recognition of the quality of produce and service offered.

Guest House of the Year 2017

Ardtorna Regional Winner B and B / Guest House of The Year 2017

The Scottish Hotel Awards carry out a rigorous assessment of properties throughout the year. Each is judged with an overnight stay where appropriate. The regional winners are announced at the start of the following year and all regional winners go head to head for the National title in April.

Ardtorna also won this award in 2016 and 2015.

Breakfast of the Year 2017

Ardtorna Regional Winner Breakfast of The Year 2017

The Scottish Hotel Awards carry out a rigorous assessment of properties throughout the year. Each is judged with an overnight stay where appropriate. The regional winners are announced at the start of the following year and all regional winners go head to head for the National title in April.

Ardtorna also won this award in 2016 and 2015.

Breakfast of the Year 2017

The Good Hotel Guide 2017 Great Britain and Ireland

The good hotel guide is a leading independent guide to top level accommodation in Great Britain and Ireland. Inclusion into the guide book is by invitation only after an anonymous visit to your establishment. We are thrilled to be included in such a prestigious guide book which is known by many as the ‘Travel guide bible of the industry‘

LTG European Awards 2017 Winner

LTG European Awards 2017 Winner

The Luxury Travel Guide recognises and celebrates excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. In 2017 Ardtorna was crowned ‘The best B and B / Guest House ‘ for Argyll and Bute.

Michelin Guide

The Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2017

Ardtorna is honoured to feature in ‘The Red Section‘ of The Michelin Guide. This section at the front of the Guide book details the top 10% of Michelins top rated establishments throughout Britain and Ireland.
Ardtorna has featured in each guide book since 2011.

Taste our Best

Visit Scotland Taste our Best 2016/17

Taste our Best is run by Visit Scotland. It recognises establishments offering locally sourced and quality food and drink. Ardtorna’s gourmet breakfast offers over 80% of locally produced or sourced products.

Scotland the Best

Scotland the Best Guide Book 2016

Peter Irvine, the author, visited Ardtorna and now features us in his in depth guide book on what Scotland has to offer. His unique writing on travel is in its 12th edition, and is Britain’s bestselling independent guide.

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Ardtorna has won a certificate of excellence since 2011. This award is given to establishments that have consistently achieved great traveller reviews on Trip Advisor. We are always most grateful to guests of Ardtorna who review us via this site.

AA Breakfast Award

AA Breakfast Award 2017

Ardtorna has achieved this award from the AA since 2011. It is awarded in recognition of the high quality and selection of items available on a breakfast menu using as much local produce where possible.

Scottish Thistle Award

Scottish Thistle Awards National Winner 2016

The Scottish Thistle Awards are led by some of the most senior figures in Scottish tourism. The judging committee comprises of several leading organisations, including Visit Scotland, The hospitality Industry Trust Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Highlands and Islands Tourist board and The Scottish Licensed Trade Association. We were thrilled to win this prestigious award in 2016 and 2013 with Visit Scotland crowning Ardtorna as the best Guest House for Scotland on both occasions.
After winning the award in 2016 meant that Ardtorna had been crowned as the best Guest House for Scotland 5 times in total in the past 6 years.

Highlands and Islands

Highland and Islands Tourism Award 2015

In 2015 Ardtorna won the most hospitable Guest House at a gala dinner in Inverness. It was such an honour to pick up this wonderful trophy form such a prestigious organisation.

National Winners

The Scottish Hotel Awards National Winner 2015

The Scottish Hotel Awards hold a gala dinner annually to award trophies to the best in the industry for Scotland.
Ardtorna won ‘The best Guest House for Scotland‘ in 2015 and 2013.

Innovation Award

The Scottish Hotel Awards Innovation Award 2014

We were awarded this amazing trophy in recognition for our recent achievements winning the Best Guest House for Scotland in 2013 by all three organisations, The Scottish Hotel Awards, AA and Visit Scotland. The first time in history that all 3 organisations have chosen the same establishment in the one year. This made us very proud.

AA Guest House of the Year 2013

AA Guest House of the Year for Scotland 2013

We attended a reception in London held by one of the leading grading system platforms, AA. Ardtorna was awarded a beautiful engraved decanter in recognition of winning The best Guest House for Scotland which made us very proud.

National Winner 2013

The Scottish Hotel Awards National Winner 2013

Ardtorna was named as The Best Guest House for Scotland at a gala dinner held for the hospitality industry. It was such an honour to receive this prestigious award, and made us very proud to be recognised for something that we both enjoy doing on a daily basis.

Thistle Awards 2013

Scottish Thistle Awards National Winner 2013

Ardtorna won The Best Guest House for Scotland at an amazing gala dinner held at Stirling Castle. This was an evening of huge celebrations for us at Ardtorna, as not only winning this award we had won this award by all 3 judging organisations Visit Scotland, AA and The Scottish Hotel Awards. The champagne was flowing that evening at a private function after the event hosted by Visit Scotland for all national winners.

Thistle Awards Regional Winner

The Thistle Awards 2013 Regional Winner

Ardtorna was thrilled to be a winner of this award run by Visit Scotland. As a regional winner we went forward to the national finals in November, where we were crowned as The best Guest House for Scotland 2013.

Thistle Regional Award 2012

The Thistle Awards Regional Winner 2012

Ardtorna was the regional winner for this prestigious Thistle Award. It was organised and judged by Visit Scotland, Scotlandís national tourism body.

Green Award

The Scottish Hotel Awards Green Award 2012

Ardtorna is a purpose built eco friendly property. To be winners of this prestigious award for Scotland at the national finals was such an honour for us.

Design Award

The Scottish Hotel Awards Design Award 2012

We were thrilled to collect this award for design.

Shire's Magazine

The Shires Magazine - Holiday Retreat of the Year 2012

In 2012 The Shires Magazine voted us The Best Place to Stay in the UK. This was such a wonderful award for us to receive which made us extremely proud.

Thistle Regional Award 2012

Britians Finest

Britians Finest features the best luxury accommodation in the UK with each sharing very high standards of service, food and ambience. Every property is inspected on a regular basis. We have featured in this wonderful travel guide since 2011.

Secret Scotland

Secret Scotland

Secret Scotland aims to provide a common resource highlighting hidden points of interest around Scotland. Ardtorna has been listed with this wonderful company since 2010.

Must Visit Scotland

Must Visit Scotland

We were inspected by the owner of this company who wrote a lovely review of her stay at Ardtorna. You can read it here »

Thistle Regional Award 2012

The Herald

It was super to see this write up on Ardtorna in the Herald Newspaper
You can read about it here »

Nick Nairn Nick Nairn

Nick Nairn

It is always a delight to share Ardtorna with guests on a daily basis. It is something that we enjoy immensely. TV presenter chef Nick Nairn kindly gifted us one of his cook books after his stay with us.