Two well-known Fife tourism businesses have reached the finals of the prestigious Scottish Thistle Awards.


The five red star Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa in St Andrews, and nearby Morton of Pitmilly Countryside Resort have been named as Central South East regional category winners in VisitScotland’s award scheme.


In the Best Hotel category, the Old Course – a member of “Food from Fife” will now be up against the Balmoral , and the Roxburghe Hotel and Golf Course.


Bordering the renowned 17th ‘Road Hole’ of the Old Course in the Home of Golf, the Old Course Hotel enjoys a spectacular location overlooking the famous links courses, the West Sands beach and beautiful St AndrewsBay.


This prestigious five-star hotel owned by Kohler Co. has 144 rooms including 35 suites and is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts.


The Old Course Hotel ( ) offers an exceptional choice of bars and restaurants from the chic informality of the Sands Grill to the fine dining in the acclaimed Road Hole Fine Dining Restaurant (3 AA rosettes). In addition, the hotel’s traditional pub The Jigger Inn serves fine home cooked food and The Duke’s Bar & Grill offers a traditional Scottish golfers’ menu. The award winning Road Hole Bar offers Scotland’s finest malt whiskies from over 200 distilleries.


In the Best Self Serve Accommodation category Morton of Pitmilly Countryside Resort will contest the national final alongside Williamscraig Holiday Cottages and Crosswoodhill Farm Holiday Cottages.


Set in a stunning location just outside St Andrews, Morton of Pitmilly is just a stone’s throw from Kingsbarns Golf Links.


It boasts fantastic sea views and is nestled close to the East Neuk of Fife’s picturesque fishing villages. It is more than just award-winning four and five star accommodation – offering extensive leisure facilities and activities.


The resort offers luxurious accommodation offering one to four bedrooms and facilities including an indoor heated pool, indoor and outdoor tennis, a gym, spa treatments, farm trails and a play area. Further details at


The award scheme aims to discover and celebrate excellence and innovation in Scotland’s tourism industry. The national finals will be held in November.

The photograph shows the courtyard at Morton of Pitmilly


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