Hebridean businesses will be well-represented at Thursday evening’s (March 21st) Scottish Rural awards in Edinburgh.

As well as a nomination for Donald Macsween from Air an Lot in Ness, in the agriculture category, a number of other Western Isles organisations will be heading for Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh to find out whether they have won an award.

Nominated in the business start-up category is HebShuttle, a cycle tour and transfer operator based in Benbecula and Stornoway. The company offers bike transfers, self-guided cycle trips and hire of bikes, including an opportunity to cycle the complete Hebridean Way road cycle route, from Barra to the Butt (or the other way round).

In 2019 they plan to offer e-bikes for hire for the first time.

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) has been nominated as employer of the year and Hebridean Celtic Festival is in the running for the rural tourism award.

Meanwhile Salar Smokehouse in South Uist has two nominations – for rural enterprise and innovation and for business diversification.