The pretty 17th Century harbour town of Portsoy in Aberdeenshire is among places recommended by readers to visit. PIC: Markus Trienke/Flickr.

9 lesser-known Scottish towns and villages that are worth a visit

We all know the big destinations in Scotland that pull the visitors - but what about the many gems that are often overlooked?

As the famous attractions burst at the seams, it is worth remembering that Scotland is crammed with quaint, interesting and beautiful spots that deserve our attention. We look at 9 places that are well worth a visit - and offer a true slice of Scottish life.

Reader Alison Robertson recommended Davaar Island for a trip. She said: "It can only be accesssed at low tide via a causeway and is so peaceful. The entire Kintyre Peninsula is well worth a visit."

5. Davaar Island, Kintyre

Reader Alison Robertson recommended Davaar Island for a trip. She said: "It can only be accesssed at low tide via a causeway and is so peaceful. The entire Kintyre Peninsula is well worth a visit."
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Portsoy and the surrounding area was recommended by reader Lorna MacLeod. The pretty 17th Century harbour village  is renowned for its boat festival, marble and quality seafood.

6. Portsoy, Aberdeenshire

Portsoy and the surrounding area was recommended by reader Lorna MacLeod. The pretty 17th Century harbour village is renowned for its boat festival, marble and quality seafood.
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The Borders town was recommended by reader Moira Jamieson , with Priorwood and Harmony gardens a must see.  A visit to Melrose Abbey and a "lovely walk along the river and a fab ice cream shop" all helped to make a great day out.

7. Melrose

The Borders town was recommended by reader Moira Jamieson , with Priorwood and Harmony gardens a must see. A visit to Melrose Abbey and a "lovely walk along the river and a fab ice cream shop" all helped to make a great day out.
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The Isle of Whithorn, one of the most southerly villages in Scotland, was recommended by reader Jason D. Once a true island, it has been connected to the mainland since the 19th Century and enjoys views to the Lake District.

8. Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway

The Isle of Whithorn, one of the most southerly villages in Scotland, was recommended by reader Jason D. Once a true island, it has been connected to the mainland since the 19th Century and enjoys views to the Lake District.
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