Narrow miss at Scottish Rural Awards

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Kintyre gin distiller, Beinn an Tuirc, was fizzing with anticipation after making the finals of the Scottish Rural Awards in its first year.

Despite a spirited entry in the Artisan Drink category, Beinn an Tuirc was not a winner.

‘Homeward bound. Empty handed, hungover headed but happy hearted! It was a brilliant night’: posted  the team on Beinn an Tuirc’s Facebook.

The Scottish Rural Awards are the ultimate benchmark of success in Scotland’s countryside, highlighting the enterprise, skill and innovation of those who live and work in rural areas.

Speaking about the awards ceremony, owner Niall Macalister Hall said: ‘ As a relatively new business we were delighted to have reached the finals.

‘Sadly it was not our night, but massive congratulations to the gin producers recognised at the awards – Avva Scottish Gin, Isle of Harris Gin and Wild Thyme Spirits.’

The event, held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, was the culmination of a fourth year of partnership between Scottish Field and the Scottish Countryside Alliance to host the awards, in association with the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

Browse the full list of Scottish Rural Awards winners at