Eight towns shortlisted for the online vote to crown Scotland’s most beautiful high street

The public will have the chance to vote for the nation’s most beautiful high street, with eight towns having made the shortlist and now vying for the crown.

Milngavie Precinct, September 2019


The national competition for Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street is run by two of Scotland’s most well known organisations for place and the environment – Scotland’s Towns Partnership, the national body for towns in Scotland, and Keep Scotland Beautiful, the environmental charity which campaigns to keep Scotland green, clean and sustainable.

The towns shortlisted by the judging panel are:

  • Ayr
  • Innerleithen
  • Kirkwall
  • Lerwick
  • Linlithgow
  • Lanark
  • Milngavie
  • Rothesay

The public will have until Sunday 10th November to cast their vote online, with the winner to be announced on Monday 18th November at the beginning of Scotland’s Towns Week. Entries were judged on factors including horticultural achievement, environmental responsibility, and community participation.

Votes can be cast at Scotlandstowns.org/scotlands_most_beautiful_high_street.

Graeme Ross, Chair of the Milngavie Business Improvement District, said:

“The entry for Milngavie was submitted following the outstanding work of Milngavie in Bloom recently achieving a Gold Award by Keep Scotland Beautiful; the extensive digital work carried out by Milngavie BID team; and the collaboration efforts of the Milngavie Umbrella Group, bringing many organisations together for the benefit of residents and businesses.”

Milngavie memorial in town centre
Milngavie Memorial in Town Centre, September 2019

“Just being shortlisted is a great boost for Milngavie and we look forward to finding out what public opinion is about our town. We would also like to invite anyone to come along to experience Milngavie for themselves, and try out the range of walks we have on our doorstep.”

Phil Prentice, Chief Officer of Scotland’s Towns Partnership, said:

“This competition is about celebrating the incredible work of people up and down the country, who give up their time to improve their local places. We’ve been blown away by the strength of the entries this year which goes to show that town centre revival is on the up, and it’s driven by local people.

“Our high streets and town centres are the beating hearts of communities and local economies, and each has its own unique identity and experience to offer for both residents and visitors. I would urge people to get online and vote for their favourite entry and help us celebrate the success of our thriving town centres.”

Katie Murray, Communities and Place Manager at Keep Scotland Beautiful commented: “Congratulations to all eight shortlisted High Streets – it is always inspiring to see communities and businesses working together to help the places they care about thrive. “For over half a decade we have celebrated the success of communities, through our Beautiful Scotland competition so we know how important competitions such as this are.  I’d urge everyone to vote – working together we can all enjoy and celebrate cleaner, greener and more beautiful High Streets.”

Milngavie’s application is below.

2019 Beautiful High Street Milngavie
Milngavie entry to Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street 2019 competition

To see just how beautiful Milngavie is, have a look at the recent images taken of the town centre.