Angus Brendan MacNeil, SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, has praised two Barra businesses for winning awards from SME News (Small Medium Enterprise News) in the Family Business Awards 2022.

Tigh-Na-Mara Guest House was awarded “Best Traditional Stone Cottage Accommodation” in Scotland while the Heathbank Hotel won “Best Family-Run Hotel” in the Hebrides.

Commenting Mr MacNeil said:

“Congratulations to Linda and Archie MacLean, Tigh-Na-Mara Guest House and Marion MacNeil and her team at the Heathbank Hotel.

“Linda has run the Guest House in Castlebay for a number of years, and I of course might be biased as it was my granny’s house and Linda is my cousin and I can’t forget that Marion is my neighbour. But of course the judges of this competition weren’t biased, so like many others, I am absolutely delighted that they are both winners in their categories.

“Both are very deserving of such an award. The fact that the Guest House is the best in Scotland says something not just for Linda but for Barra as well similarly for the Heathbank team. It is congratulations all round or “slainte” as they say in Heathbank.”