THE Scottish Borders have shown they mean business as several local attractions are nominated for a regional tourism award.

Seven businesses and individuals from across the region have been shortlisted for the Scottish Thistle Award’s Lothian and Borders regional finals.

The awards aim to celebrate the success, innovation, excellence and best practice in the tourism and hospitality industry whilst recognising those who have made a valuable contribution in the sector.

Born in the Borders is in the running for the Best Visitor Attraction award and Fauhope Country House, near Melrose, has been nominated in the Most Hospitable B&B/ Guest House category.

Other shortlisted finalists from the Borders include Windlestraw, Walkerburn for Most Hospitable Hotel whilst Helen Currie from Bowhill Country House & Estate, Selkirk has been shortlisted in the Regional Ambassador category, alongside Mark Nicol from Hawick.

Thirlestane Castle in Lauder has been shortlisted in the Best Self-Catering Experience category and the Allanton Inn, Duns has been nominated for the Best Eating Experience award.

Paula Ward, VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, said: “I am delighted to see such a strong representation from the Scottish Borders at the Lothian & Borders Scottish Thistle Awards Regional Final.

"The Scottish Borders has an outstanding range of quality tourism businesses and an army of passionate advocates working within the industry to create a destination and customer experience worth talking about."

The winners of the Lothian and Borders regional awards will be announced at a ceremony held at Prestonfield House, Edinburgh on Thursday November 15.

Rebecca Brooks, Chair of the Scottish Thistle Awards industry panel, said: “We have once again been delighted by this year’s response to the Scottish Thistle Awards. These rewards aim to shine the spotlight on the businesses and individuals who have shown real commitment and dedication to tourism in Scotland.

“On behalf of the panel, I would like to congratulate all shortlisted entrants and wish each and every one of them the very best of luck at the regional finals.”