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Hebridean businesses were well-represented among yesterday evening’s (Thursday March 21st) successes at the Scottish Rural awards held at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Winner in the business start-up category is HebShuttle, a cycle tour and transfer operator based in Stornoway and Benbecula.

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 between Barra and the Butt of Lewis.

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

Responding to the award, the company said: “We are so proud of winning this award. We take inspiration from our stunning location. Scotland is beautiful.”

Runner-up in the agriculture category was Donald Macsween from Air an Lot in Ness.  But success has its pitfalls. He explained on Twitter later: “ Last night at the @ruralawards all the prize winners were asked to go on stage for a group photo.

“Being tall, I went to the back. The photographer asked us to go as far back as possible.

“I took a big step back and fell off the stage – fortunately I landed on my feet!”

Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn (Galson Estate Trust) were also nominated as employer of the year and Hebridean Celtic Festival was in the running for the rural tourism award. Meanwhile Salar Smokehouse in South Uist had two nominations – for rural enterprise and innovation and for business diversification.

Picture shows HebShuttle receiving their award - taken from HebShuttle's Facebook page