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Cowal Highland Gathering brings home award at Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards

Cowal Highland Gathering (CHG) is officially an award-winning event, after scooping a prestigious Highlands and Islands Tourism prize at a glittering ceremony in Inverness on Friday evening (1 November).

The Gathering beat off stiff competition from HebCelt Festival and Tiree Music Festival to pick up the Best Cultural Event or Festival award sponsored by Highlands and Islands Airports Limited.

The Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA), which are now in their 15th year, recognise and reward the area’s tourism businesses in a wide range of categories, from places to stay and eat to cultural and sporting events.

Cowal Highland Gathering will now go forward to the national Thistle Awards, which will be held in Edinburgh in March 2020, to represent the Highlands and Islands region.

CHG Chair Ronnie Cairns picked up the award and thanked the judges saying: ‘I’m so proud to accept this award on behalf of Cowal Highland Gathering. This year, we’ve celebrated the 125th anniversary of this incredible historic event and to receive this award tonight really is the icing on the cake. It is a mammoth task pulling the event together and this award is recognition for the hard work and dedication not only of the current event team and board of directors, but it’s also for everyone who comes and supports it, from our sponsors and patrons to competitors and visitors, it’s because of you that Cowal Highland Gathering has been held since 1894.

‘We’re fortunate to be the current custodians of this great event and I’m delighted the HITA judges recognise our commitment safeguard the future of CHG and to make it the very best it can be before we pass it on to the next generation.’

The award comes at the end of a very busy week for CHG which was the subject of a BBC Alba documentary, The Road to Cowal, aired on Monday evening (October). A documentary crew followed the fortunes of four young dancers who were aiming to dance in the World Highland Dancing Championships held every year at Cowal Highland Gathering.

The 2020 Cowal Highland Gathering will be held from 27 – 29 August. To find out more information visit the website at www.cowalgathering.com or email the office at info@cowalgathering.com or call 01369 703206.

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