Applications Open for Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street 2018

Scotland’s Towns Partnership has once again teamed up with environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful and The Herald on Sunday to find Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street.

Any organisation or individual can enter their high street, and so we call on local authorities, business improvement districts, development trusts, community councils and any other local group to apply. Groups that took part in the previous competition are also welcome to re-enter. 

A vibrant, flourishing high street is often the beating heart of a local community. Through this competition we seek to celebrate towns, cities and villages that take pride in where they live, and highlight the groups who come together and work to change their communities for the better: making local places clean, attractive, accessible, sustainable, vibrant and inclusive for all to enjoy.

We’re encouraging you to nominate your local high street. Send us photos and tell us why you think your High Street is worthy of the award. We will then shortlist the entries and the public will get to vote and crown the winner. Shortlisted entries will gain significant national profile, and possible opportunities will be sought for the winner to present on work in their town at an event during 2019. 

The winner of last year's competition was Forres in Moray, and you can view the 2017 shortlist below. 

How to enter

To enter the Scotland’s Most Beautiful High Street competition, send a short description (300 words max) of why your High Street deserves the award by email to The document can be either Word or PDF format. Please include one or two high resolution images of your High Street.

The competition takes a broad understanding of the word “beautiful”. Entries will be judged on factors including horticultural achievement, public realm, environmental responsibility, community participation, and access and inclusivity. 

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 30 September. Entries will be shortlisted and the winner will then be chosen by an online public vote hosted at:


Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street 2017 Results

The results of the public vote for Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street competition are now available. First, second and third place entries were announced by Kevin Stewart MSP, Minister for Housing and Local Government, at Scotland's Towns Conference in Paisley Town Hall (21st November 2017). 

A huge congratulations to all shortlisted entrants for participating in the competition. 

Scotland's Most Beautiful High Street 2017: Full Results 
Shortlisted Entrant Percentage    
1. Forres 23%    
2. Moffat 20%    
3. Troon 10%    
4. Haddington 9%    
5. Alloa  9%    
6. Lanark 8%    
7. Banff 7%    
8. Elgin 6%    
9. Fort William 4%    
10. Falkirk 3%    


View complete shortlist

View individual entries by clicking on the town: 

1. Alloa

2. Banff

3. Elgin

4. Falkirk

5. Forres

6. Fort William

7. Haddington

8. Lanark

9. Moffat

10. Troon



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