VISITORS from North America have helped Abbotsford House win an ‘award of excellence’.

The prize was given to the former home of author Sir Walter Scott by Irish coach tour operator CIE Tours.

The company hands out awards of excellence to visitor attractions which have received a greater than 90 per cent customer satisfaction rating over the previous year.

The awards are based on feedback from 12,000 visitors.

Managing director of CIE Tours Stephen Cotter said: “UK tourism has shown incredible resilience in recent years, and I am proud and impressed that we are able to celebrate the quality of the UK’s offer, despite the pandemic and recruitment issues post-Brexit.

“The level of demand from North America for UK tours enjoyed a terrific jump in 2023 due to pent up demand.”

The ceremony was held at the Ardoe House Hotel in Aberdeenshire earlier this week.

It is the second consecutive year that Abbotsford House has picked up a prize at the awards.

Last time out it won the Best Overall Visitor Attraction gong.