Grampian Escapes and Tours

Aberdeen City & Shire Tourism Awards 2019

ACASTA winners 2019

Celebrating tourism in Aberdeen

Award for Best Tourism ExperienceThe Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards were held in November 2019 showcasing the best and brightest businesses and individuals working in tourism and hospitality. These awards are a highlight and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the good things happening in region.

There are a variety of categories including best accommodation, attractions, restaurants and pubs and festivals & events. Businesses and individuals who are nominated have a rigorous evaluation process including undercover visits and interviews. Grampian Escapes and Tours were chosen as a finalist in the best heritage tourism experience category. We are delighted to say we won!

Here are some of the other category winners:

Most hospitable hotel – Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar

Best self catering accommodation – Seafront Cottages, Sandhaven

Most hospitable B&B – Lys na Greyne, Aboyne

Innovation in tourism – The Gordon Highlanders Museum, Aberdeen

Best cultural event / festival – Portsoy Boat Festival, Portsoy

Best visitor attraction – Delgatie Castle, Turriff

Best pub/bar – Tippling House, Aberdeen

Best restaurant experience – Signature Food Festival, The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen

Best informal eating experience – Davron Hotel, Rosehearty


The next step will be to represent Aberdeen city and shire at the Scottish Thistle Awards in Edinburgh this march.  There the winners from each of Scotland’s regional awards ceremonies will compete for the Scottish Award.  Fingers crossed for us, there is stiff competition from each region.

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Jacqueline van den Akker

Jacqueline van den Akker

Jacqueline is the owner and lead guide for the business. Together with the team, they create wonderful tours and experiences for visitors working in collaboration with other independent business in Aberdeenshire to show the best of the Northeast of Scotland.

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