OPENED only two years ago, a hotel at Walkerburn has been named the best in Scotland.

John and Sylvia Matthews, owners of the Windlestraw Hotel, received the trophy at last week’s Catering Scotland (CIS) Awards at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel attended by over 500 of Scotland’s leading hoteliers, chefs and caterers.

The six-bedroom hotel was built in 1906 as a wedding gift for the future wife of Scottish cashmere mill owner John King Ballantyne.

It opened as a hotel in 2015 and beat last year’s winner The Torridon in Wester Ross.

The 16-bedroom Grade 2 listed Ardanaiseig, located on the banks of Loch Awe near Taynuilt and owned by a London antiques dealer, also made the shortlist.

As Scotland’s annual competition combining the catering, hospitality and tourism industries, the CIS Excellence Awards are seen as the ultimate accolade for Scottish hotels, restaurants, gastro pubs, related organisations and chefs.