|28 December 2015| 

Seven top Scottish locations have been shortlisted as the UK’s finest by a leading publication.  BBC Countryfile Magazine is asking the public to vote for their favourites and choose the winners in its prestigious 2015/16 Awards.

The annual awards, which are now in their fifth year, celebrate the UK countryside and its people – from great heritage attractions and favourite holiday destinations, to the best nature reserves and rural pubs.

The Scottish contenders battling it out with stiff competition from Britain’s best across the awards’ 11 categories are:

  • Dumfries & Galloway for ‘Holiday Destination of the Year’
  • Cairngorms for ‘National Park of the Year’
  • Sand Beach near Applecross for ‘Beach of the Year’
  • Applecross Inn in Applecross for ‘Pub of the Year’
  • Glendoick Gardens for ‘Garden of the Year’
  • The Old Man of Storr for ‘Landmark of the Year’
  • Bass Rock for ‘Nature Reserve of the Year’ (the category winner in the 2014/15 awards)

The shortlist of nominees for each category was drawn up by a panel of experts selected by BBC Countryfile Magazine. They included BBC presenters John Craven, Ellie Harrison, Chris Packham and Miranda Krestovnikoff, writers Simon Barnes, Dixe Wills and Matt Swaine; photographer Guy Edwardes, BBC Gardener’s World editor Lucy Hall, Good Pub Guide editor Fiona Stapley and BBC Countryfile Magazine art editor Tim Bates.

Voting closes on 31 January and votes can be placed online at the BBC Countryfile Magazine website.