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Dumfries and Galloway "often overlooked"

“This year the whole of Scotland will be in the global spotlight thanks to major events and the Homecoming 2014 initiative. Our organisation knows Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire well but they are sadly often overlooked.

"The region offers availability of a wide range of high quality, good value accommodation, food and drink in an exceptionally busy tourism year.”

– Gary Mclean Quin, Honorary President of the Scottish Hotel Awards


Dumfries and Galloway named 'Destination of the Year'

The stunning Solway Coast Credit: ITV News Border

Dumfries and Galloway has been named as 'Destination of the Year' at the Scottish Hotel Awards.

The region was chosen for its strong hotel offering, warm hospitality and stunning landscapes.

Judges were impressed by the area's natural scenic beauty, fishing communities and charming country house hotels.

People are now being encouraged to 'turn west' when they enter Scotland to discover the local charms on offers.

Keswick Mountain Festival gets National Tourism Award

Organisers are considering introducing a summer event Credit: ITV Border

Kendal's Mountain Festival has been given a National Tourism Award. It was one of five Cumbrian winners chosen by VisitEngland.

The festival runs in November and includes films, art and adventure sports. It claims to be the largest of its type in the world and is considering introducing a summer event.

Askham Hall awarded as a 'superior quality' attraction

The Penrith attraction is the first in Cumbria to win the award Credit: ITV Border

Askham Hall in Penrith has become the first Cumbrian tourist attraction to be given a new 'superior quality' award.

The eight-hundred-year old property recently opened its doors as a hotel and restaurant.

The Tourism Quality Cumbria scheme was developed seven years ago in a bid to improve standards of visitor accommodation.

Those given the award are considered to be 'the best of the best'.

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