Nominate a local business to be Scotland’s Greatest Escape in TV special

What makes Scotland’s Greatest Escape? Is it right here, under our noses, in the Forres area?

BBC Scotland is filming a new eight-part series which will take audiences on a journey to the very best escapes that Scotland has to offer and ultimately crown one as Scotland’s Greatest Escape. The production team are now putting a call out to the public to nominate what holiday experience they think is worthy of the title with businesses also welcome to apply.

So we’re encouraging hame town tourists to nominate their local favourites to get the Forres area in with a chance to feature on this television spectacle.


Across the series a wide variety of holiday styles and destinations available across Scotland will be showcased. With the emphasis on exceptionality and not luxury, all budgets will be catered for. From wellness retreats to adrenalin fuelled activity breaks, romantic getaways to family fun, each episode will showcase the top three destinations in their category and be road-tested by a family or group of friends with a passion for that particular holiday style.

They will spend one night at each of the shortlisted destinations and be tasked to judge five specific elements of their stay. The holiday with the highest score goes forward to the grand final.

Grand final

Once all finalists are selected, an industry panel, featuring some of Scotland’s most experienced and renowned hospitality and tourism experts, will judge against strict industry standards. They will deliberate which of the finalists is most deserving of the award and present the title at the grand final which will be filmed at a prestigious Scottish location.

Scotland’s Greatest Escape will be produced by Red Sky Productions for the BBC Scotland channel and BBC iPlayer. It will broadcast in 2023, but the deadlines for nominations are not far away.

Commenting on the series, head of commissioning at BBC Scotland Louise Thornton says: “We all know Scotland is famous as being one of the best countries in the world for tourism but this series will take viewers on a different journey of discovery and will shine a light on some of Scotland’s hidden holiday gems. We can’t wait to be inspired by what it reveals.”

If you would like to nominate a holiday business or if you are a business and would like to apply please go to Scotland’s Greatest Escape, where you will find details along with terms and conditions.

If you need to remind yourself what’s in the area, our Visit Forres site has complete listings of all attractions and accommodation locally.

Closing date for nominations is Wednesday 10 August and closing date for applications is Monday 15 August 2022.

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