The Hebridean Celtic Festival is in line for an "A Greener Festival" Award alongside top events such as Glastonbury

Hebridean Celtic Festival organisers are on a high after news that the Festival is in the running for a national “A Greener Festival” award alongside the likes of Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival.

There is a one in ten chance of winning for the celebrated annual Western Isles gig which attracts around 16,000 fans a year in comparison to Glastonbury’s 160,000. 

Organisers have described it as a “red letter day” for the festival, which has made reducing its environmental impact a priority with additions such as re-usable EcoCups and a fleet of electric E-cars offered at low rates for festival goers.  

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said it was a great achievement to be nominated alongside such prestigious festivals – and to be one of just two shortlisted from Scotland.

“This is another great honour for us and shows our hard work in staging a popular and successful event, while reducing our footprint in our magnificent location, is paying off,” she said.

“We are passionate about protecting the environment and have been determined in getting the message to everyone involved in the event.”

It is another accolade for HebCelt which has also been shortlisted in both the Festival of the Year and Cultural Event of the Year categories in the annual Scottish Event Awards, and in the Best Cultural Event or Festival category in the Highlands and Islands Tourism Awards (HITA), a title it won in 2014.

This is the second time that the festival has been nominated for an A Greener Festival Award in which it previously received an "Outstanding".

Winners will be announced at the UK Festival Awards in London on 30 November.

A Greener Festival is a not-for-profit company committed to helping events, festivals and venues around the world adopt environmentally efficient practices.