Argyll and Bute isn’t just about kicking back and relaxing. We punch well above our weight when it comes to innovation and business success.

Scattered throughout the area we have world leaders in manufacturing and design, aquaculture, and food and drink, not to mention artists and musicians.

We are a population of entrepreneurs. Twelve per cent of our residents are self-employed, that’s four per cent more than the rest of Scotland.

More and more film productions are finding their way here – Argyll even features in a couple of scenes in the latest Jurassic World feature.

Argyll businesses are the best

Businesses in Argyll and Bute have been recognised for their achievements Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards, announced at the beginning of November, showing that this is indeed the place to visit.

Cowal Highland Gathering, known as the largest, most spectacular Highland games in the world, won the best cultural event. It’s the place to see world-class pipers, dancers and athletes competing on an amazing a scale, that attracts 23,000 visitors each year.

Best restaurant experience went to Etive Restaurant, Oban, serving fresh Scottish produced, carefully cooked and presented food, full of flavour and complemented with an eclectic by precise wine list.

The Majestic Line was honoured for Innovation in Tourism. This small-ship cruise company provides island hopping adventures around the west coast of Scotland and the Hebrides. The company is known for providing exclusive itineraries and excellent on-board food and hospitality.

The award for the Most Hospitable B&B/Guest House went to Glenegedale House, Islay, which sits midway between Bowmore and Port Ellen. Luxurious, and offering locally sourced, artisan food within, it also offers food for the soul through uninterrupted breathtaking views over the Mull of Oa and out to the Atlantic.

Commended in the Best Cultural Event or Festival was Tiree Music Festival, while the Pierhouse Hotel, Port Appin, was also commended in the Best Restaurant Experience category.