A STRETCH of Scottish shoreline has been voted one of the top 20 coastal destinations in the world in a survey published by National Geographic magazine.
Part of the Moray Firth coast, which runs from Inverness to Peterhead, was praised by readers for its “outstanding cliff scenery” and “strong community feeling”.
The magazine’s “destinations rating” survey placed the area above New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island and the Skeleton Coast in Namibia.
Anonymous comments on National Geographic’s website described it as “a wonderful region of Scotland” and “an undiscovered gem” with “excellent seafood” and “fantastic beaches”.
Councillor Allan Wright, leader of Moray Council, said: “The National Geographic is universally respected and to have such an accolade from them is bound to boost tourism in the area. The council and its partners recognises that tourism is a mainstay of the local economy.”