BASC chairman hails tourism heroes at Scottish Game Fair

Scottish highlands

BASC’s chairman paid tribute to the pioneers of Scottish tourism at an awards ceremony held to honour their significant contributions and highlight the vital role they play in supporting Scotland’s country sports tourism sector.

Eoghan Cameron, BASC chairman, commended the winners of the Scottish Country Sports Tourism Awards 2024 for their outstanding contributions to Scottish tourism.

He highlighted the leadership of the winners in promoting responsible and sustainable tourism and their significant conservation efforts at the awards, which were held at the BASC stand at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone Palace earlier today, Friday 5 July.

The awards were organised by BASC’s Country Sport Scotland division.

Speaking after the awards, Eoghan said: “Each recipient sets a benchmark for excellence in responsible tourism practices and environmental stewardship, ensuring Scotland’s continued appeal as a premier destination for country sports enthusiasts. Congratulations again to all of the winners and to all of those nominated in the awards.” 

BASC Scotland director Peter Clark commented on the importance of the awards in recognising the dedication and excellence of those who have made outstanding contributions to the sector.

He said: “Country sports are a vital component of Scotland’s tourism industry and these awards are a testament to the relentless efforts and ingenuity of those who propel this sector forward.”

Eoghan Cameron
BASC chairman Eoghan Cameron presented the awards at Scone Palace earlier today.

Award winners

The winners of this year’s Scottish Country Sports Tourism Awards were:

Best Sporting Estate 2024Kingairloch Estate
Best Sporting Agency 2024International Hunting Scotland
Best Sporting Innovator 2024Twin Peakes Fly Fishing
Best Sporting Accommodation 2024Buccleuch Arms, St Boswells
Best Sporting Retailer 2024Campbell’s of Beauly

Highly Commended for their contribution and excellence in the sector were: Findrack SportingGordon Castle Estate; R Macleod & Son; SAC Sporting and Logiealmond Estate. 

Supporting local communities and preserving habitats

During the ceremony Neil Christison, regional director of VisitScotland, provided insight into the broader impact of country sports on Scotland’s tourism economy, touching also on the potential for future growth in the sector.

He said: “Country sports contribute significantly to Scotland’s tourism economy. This sector not only attracts thousands of visitors from across the world, but also supports local communities, preserves natural habitats, and promotes responsible and sustainable tourism practices.”

Selena Barr, co-founder of Fieldsports Press and one of the award judges, said she was “honoured” to have been asked to help judge.

She said: “Country sports tourism plays a pivotal role throughout Scotland, so it is immensely important to shine a light on those that are going the extra mile. 

“Top drawer game shooting, fishing and deer stalking is something that is universally associated with Scotland worldwide, so it makes sense from a marketing point of view to hold awards which further cement that in the minds of overseas tourists.”