19/01/2018 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Scottish attractions nominated as 'greatest sites' in BBC Countryfile Awards 2018

935bfdb6-1f42-4efd-9101-655cb5a262d5

Five Scottish sites have been shortlisted for the annual BBC Countryfile Awards, with voting open until 5 March 2018.

The annual awards celebrate the British countryside and its people, from well-known landmarks and national parks, to the best nature reserves and finest rural pubs.

Last year’s awards saw Abernethy Forest, Strathspey, Highlands named Nature Reserve of The Year and Inverewe Gardens in Wester Ross taking the title Garden of The Year.

Now, VisitScotland is urging the public to cast their votes for the five shorlisted Scottish sites:

  • Pub of the year - The Old Forge in the Highlands near Mallaig. Judge Phoebe Smith said:“It’s set in a beautiful landscape looking out to the islands – a great reward for the effort it takes to get there and have that pint.”
  • Landmark of the Year - The Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis. The 5,000-year-old stones, with their “awe-inspiring ancient mystery”, are a “stunning landmark”, according to judge Mark Rowe.
  • Nature reserve of the year - Loch Druidibeg on South Uist. Described by judge Mark Rowe as a site of “austere beauty”, the loch ismanaged by Scottish Natural Heritage and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation.
  • Beach of the Year - Luskentyre Beach on the Isle of Harris. Countryfile magazine describes the beach as “heavenly” and one of the “most spectacular beaches on Harris”.
  • Holiday destination of the year – Speyside, described in the shortlisting as “one of the loveliest parts of the British Isles”. Judge Fergus Collins called it “a proper taste of Highlands”.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “We’re delighted that Scotland once again features prominently in the prestigious BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards. It’s Scotland’s wonderful mix of awe-inspiring landscapes, stunning beaches, wondrous wildlife and fascinating heritage and culture that draw millions of visitors every year, so it is little wonder that readers and judges have nominated some of our outstanding attractions among the UK’s greatest countryside sites.

“Each of them richly deserve to be crowned national winners and I would encourage as many people as possible to take the time to vote for these outstanding Scottish sites.”

How to vote

To cast your vote, visit the Countryfile website.

Images: Callanish Stones copyright Chris Coombe; Luskentyre beach coprygith Neil Aitkenhead.

Back to News

19/01/2018 Share this story Share on Facebook icon Share on Twitter icon Share on Pinterest icon Share on Google Plus icon Share on Linked In icon Share via Email icon

Recent Updates

17th-century Scottish soldiers to be reburied in Durham

The remains of Scottish soldiers who fought in the battle of Dunbar, discovered during construction work at ...


7,000-year-old bog oak used to create furniture for Spring Fling

An ancient tree which fell victim to rising sea levels during the Middle Stone Age has been retrieved beneath ...


Long tradition of ancient Mastermind competition continues at University of Glasgow

A public oral competition on Latin texts will take place today, with student participants sitting on the ...


Neanderthal brought back to life through new facial reconstruction

An expert in facial reconstruction from the University of Dundee has helped bring Neanderthals back to life ...


Other News

Applications for new Scots Scriever now open

Following on from the success of the first ever Scots Scriever residency at the National Library of Scotland, ...


Scotland's first Jewish Heritage Centre to open in historic Garnethill Synagogue, Glasgow

Glasgow's 19th-century Garnethill Synagogue will be the home of a Jewish Heritage Centre which will open ...


Nominate a heritage hero for the 2018 Scottish Heritage Angel Awards

Groups and individuals who have made a difference through heritage projects across Scotland are invited to ...


11th-century Swedish runestone is on the move - video report

A Swedish runestone which has long been situated in a forgotten corner of Princes Street Gardens, close to ...