From the most picturesque spots to those which have been rejuvenated through investment and voluntary action, here are ten you might like to visit...
Kirkwall in Orkney was last year named Scotland’s most beautiful high street after topping a public poll. The town was recognised for its historic centre and the efforts of local volunteers and public bodies to make it a great place to live, work and socialise.
Photo: Chris Jenner
Melrose, in the Borders, is built around the ancient marketplace and cross and surrounded by important sites such as Melrose Abbey, the burial site of many Kings of Scotland. From the high street you can also see the Eildon Hills to the south and the Greenyards rugby pitches which stage the world’s oldest annual rugby sevens tournament.
3. St Andrews
Market Street in St Andrews is known for its mix of shops and bars which cater for locals, tourists and students. It is connected to North and South Street on either side by more streets and lanes boasting an array of independent businesses and eateries.
Photo: Natakorn Sapermsap
Ayr has been applauded for turning its high street around having been hit by shop closures and a lack of investment. Among the changes is the revamp of a Georgian building called the ‘grain exchange’ which holds events like art expos, craft selling and offers bespoke market spaces.
Photo: Thomas Gilfeather