The Hebridean Celtic Festival has generated an estimated £20 million for the local economy over the past two decades

After enjoying the most successful year in its 21-year history, the Hebridean Celtic Festival is hoping supporters will help it win a national award.

HebCelt has been nominated in the category to find Scotland’s Best Outdoor Festival in the inaugural Scottish Outdoor & Leisure Awards (SOLA).

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “We are delighted to have been nominated in the inaugural SOLA awards. 

“We have just experienced our most successful ever festival and it would be fitting if all the hard work carried out by our army of volunteers was rewarded by winning an award.

“I hope all those who enjoyed this year’s event and our other supporters will get behind us and vote to help us to success.”

The awards scheme seeks to reward and celebrate the outdoor and leisure trade industry, and members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite in 17 categories.

To support your favourite festival visit the awards website - www.outdoorleisureawards.co.uk - go to the Vote Now page, type in your name and email address and then write Hebridean Celtic Festival in the ‘Scotland’s Best Outdoor Festival’ category.

And Look out for the ‘Vote for Us’ messages on social media coming soon. 

Voting is open until midnight on 30th September and the top five entries in each category will be shortlisted. 

The winners will be crowned at the final on 27th November in the Glasgow City Hotel.

It would be another accolade for the festival which has won a string of awards in recent years; and saw the 2016 party smash previous records when an estimated 18,000 people – by far the event's highest audience – savoured four days of outstanding music in Stornoway and surrounding communities.

It featured more than 50 artists, was the highest grossing festival in terms of sales, with tickets selling faster than at any time before, and most show fully booked weeks in advance.

And Early Bird tickets for next year's HebCelt outing – to be held from 19th to 22nd July 2017 – are now on sale via the Hebridean Celtic Festival website at www.hebceltfest.com