Award Winning

On 18 November 2005 Northern Light Charters were thrilled to win the “Green Highlands” Award presented at the Highland Tourism Awards Dinner. Billed as “the tourism event of the year in the Highlands of Scotland” the evening was compered by Lorraine Kelly. The “Green Highlands” Award is sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage and was open to “organisations and businesses which can demonstrate a commitment to Scotland’s natural heritage. The judges are looking for evidence of how businesses raise awareness and understanding about the natural heritage, green issues and local conservation with their staff.”

We are delighted that this Award recognises our hard-working crew and their commitment to ensuring all our guests have the best possible experience on-board whilst minimising the impact we all have on the environment in which we work.

Northern Light Charters were also successful in both the 2001 and 2002 Highlands & Island Business Awards which are considered the “Oscars” of the area’s industry and commerce. 2001 saw Northern Light Charters awarded “Best Effort to Enhance Visitors’ Experience”. Peter Mearns wrote, “I offer my congratulations on your success. Lord Sanderson and the members of the judging panel were very impressed with what you have achieved and the quality of the product that you provide.”


In 2002 Hannah Thompson, accompanied by Big John, was presented with the Awards’ first ever “Tourism Award” by the Rt Hon Sir Eddie George, Governor of the Bank of England prior to a celebratory luncheon at the Eden Court Theatre in Inverness. Of particular interest to the judging panel was the way in which we dealt with Foot & Mouth last year and how our actions meant all but one of our pre-booked guests (who withdrew voluntarily) were able to enjoy the holiday which they had anticipated.


The first signs of habitation on Hirta (the largest island in the St Kilda archipelago and the only one you can really land on) are thought to have occurred c. 600 AD.