St Andrews twins ‘blown away’ by five-star award

left to right: Mike Cantlay, Guy McKenzie, Jamie McKenzie and Fergus Ewing MSP.
left to right: Mike Cantlay, Guy McKenzie, Jamie McKenzie and Fergus Ewing MSP.
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Blown Away, the St Andrews land yachting company, were presented with a VisitScotland five star award this week.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing MSP and Chairman of VisitScotland, Mike Cantlay, did the honours during a visit to St Andrews on Tuesday afternoon.

The award is the highest possible quality rating from the national tourism organisation and is the latest recognition that Blown Away owners, Guy and Jamie McKenzie, have received.

Last year the 24-year-old identical twins won the Young Tourism Entrepreneur prize for the company and they are now one of just three five-star visitor attractions in Fife.

After receiving the award, Jamie said: “We’re delighted to have achieved a five star rating for Blown Away.

‘‘We work hard to ensure that all our customers have the best possible experience and we believe this latest award confirms that we are moving in the right direction.

CONFIDENCE

“It also gives us the confidence to continue introducing new activities to the ever expanding adventure activity sector as well as showcasing Scotland’s natural assets and locations.”

Blown Away customers can choose from a range of experiences including land yachting, mambo kayaking and zapcating.

‘‘The activities are proving very popular with stag and hen parties, and with all the equipment being mobile they are able to travel throughout the country.

The brothers, from Perth, launched Blown Away on St Andrews West Sands when they were just 20.

Initially, it started off as something to do when they managed to get some time away from their studies but a loan from the Prince’s Youth Business Trust gave them the opportunity to expand it into a full-time enterprise.

They now run a fleet of land yachts and are often spotted around town in their matching branded Land Rovers.

The VisitScotland Quality Assurance scheme provides visitors with a clear indication of the standards of accommodation, hospitality and cleanliness they can expect at attractions across the country.

ACHIEVEMENT

Mr Ewing, congratulating Guy and Jamie on their achievement, said: “Blown Away is a fantastic success story and a perfect example of how hard work and innovation can pay dividends for one of Scotland’s most important industries.

“The tourism industry in north east Fife is vital, both in terms of the jobs it creates and the impact it has on the local economy.

““Blown Away is yet another asset to complement Fife’s outstanding tourism credentials, which stretch from the world class golf courses, award winning blue flag beaches, Scotland’s restaurant of the year- the Peat Inn- and other attractions along Fife’s scenic East Neuk.”