EDINBURGH, Scotland, 2016-Dec-23 — /Travel PR News/ — A luxurious Victorian villa set on Scotland’s west coast has achieved the highest Quality Assurance (QA) grading from VisitScotland.
Set within extensive private grounds and with uninterrupted views over Loch Linnhe, Crolinnhe Guesthouse has attained a 5* Bed & Breakfast QA award from the national tourism organisation.
The property has three five star suites – the Linnhe, the Nevis and the Lundy – all designed to provide guests with a unique experience and allowing them to enjoy the scenic views of the Highlands. The views and serenity at the property even helped inspire Scottish author Mairi Hedderwick for her children’s books, Katie Morag.
The property also includes a dining room where breakfast is served, a drawing room where guests can relax and enjoy a complimentary sherry or Ben Nevis reserve whisky; and an outdoor garden terrace.
Lochaber, the Outdoor Capital of the UK, is an area of outstanding natural beauty which has always captured the imagination of its visitors. From stunning natural and historic landscapes, captivating wildlife and delicious food and drink, it attracts visitors from around the world every year.
Crolinnhe owner Sophie Edwards said:
“I am delighted to receive my Five Star award which has confirmed my aim to provide luxury bed and breakfast facilities with a warm and friendly atmosphere for all my guests that meets the high standards of care and service expected from Visit Scotland Quality Assurance, from the time of booking a reservation to arrival and throughout their stay at Crolinnhe Guest House.
“The award has given me the confidence that I am helping to provide a truly memorable experience for all of my guests whilst they enjoy their stay in the Outdoor Capital of the UK, Fort William – a real gem in the Highlands of Scotland.”
Developed and improved for over 30 years, VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance (QA) schemes are world-leading and provide a trusted, independent and impartial source of information for visitors. They allow businesses not just to meet visitor expectations, but exceed them.
QA can open the door to new customers. It is a powerful marketing tool and works well with online review sites in using an independent perspective to measure visitor experience against tried and tested criteria, so visitors know exactly what to expect.
Scott Armstrong, VisitScotland Regional Partnerships Director, said:
“I would like to offer my congratulations to Sophie for attaining this award. It is fantastic to see the Lochaber tourism offering enhanced by such quality and luxury accommodation.
“Reaching such a high standard is vital to the tourism industry as a whole and I hope it inspires others to strive for such results. It is vital that everyone involved in tourism works together to offer visitors a fantastic experience when visiting and staying in the Highlands.
“Our Quality Assurance scheme helps businesses to reach their full potential and truly shine. The scheme is about more than just the ‘stars’ on the door – it’s about the entire visitor experience, about investing in your business and making it as economically sustainable as it can possibly be.”
For further information visit www.crolinnhe.co.uk
For further information on VisitScotland’s Quality Assurance scheme, please visit www.visitscotland.org/quality_assurance.aspx
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- The organisation’s core objective is to contribute to the Tourism 2020 Strategy ambition of growing tourism revenues by £1 billion by 2020.
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- Marketing: we will market Scotland and its outstanding assets to visitors from all parts of the world, including the promotion of Scotland to people living in Scotland to visit different parts of the country
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2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design
- 2016 will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity.
- The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design started on 1 January 2016 and will end on 31 December 2016.It will build on the momentum generated by the 2015 Year of Food and Drink as well as previous years including Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Year of Creative and the Year of Natural.
- Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will showcase Scotland’s position as an “innovation nation”, its outstanding built heritage, and its thriving, internationally acclaimed creative industries sector.
- The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland, and supported by a variety of partners including Creative Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
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