The 20 best places to live in Scotland, revealed

The best place to live in Scotland has been revealed in new research.

Tobermoray. Picture: DeFacto/Creative Commons
Tobermoray. Picture: DeFacto/Creative Commons

The Bank of Scotland’s 2019 Quality of Life Survey gave the prize to Orkney for its high employment levels, low crime rate, strong exam results, smaller primary class sizes and good health and happiness scores. Orkney also topped the UK rankings. Where does your region rank?

Orkney retains its spot as Scotland's best place to live. Orkney has the highest employment rate with 88 per cent of 16-64 year-olds in work. Pictured: Kirkwall. Credit: Pixabay

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Shetland, which takes second place in the Scottish table, is the only other location north of the border to break into the UK top 50. Picture: Pixabay
Eilean Siar (Western Isles) named third most desirable place to live in Scotland. Picture of Stornoway: Geograph/Stephen Branley
Rothesay, Isle of Bute. Argyll & Bute has the highest number of pubs per 10,000 adults in Scotland. Picture: Pixabay
Dumfries and Galloway moves from eighth place in 2017 to fifth place in the 2019 Scottish rankings. Picture: Greig Williams/Geograph
Inverurie, Aberdeenshire from above. Picture: M McBey/ Creative Commons
Montrose, Angus. Picture: WikiCommons
Perth. Picture: Lis Burke/Wikimedia
Picture: WikiMedia
Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire. Picture: Thomas Nugent/Geograph
Ayr pier, South Ayrshire. Picture: Pixabay
Highlands . Picture: Pixabay
East Renfrewshire has the highest average weekly earnings in Scotland at 900GBP per week, . Picture: wfmillar/geograph
North Berwick, East Lothian. Credit: Kevin Rae/Georgraph
Nairn and the Moray Firth. Picture: Phillip Capper
Aberdeen has on average the smallest sized homes in the Scottish top 20. Picture: Mike Pennington/Geograph
Stirling has the third highest weekly earnings in Scotland after East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire. Picture: Donald MacDonald/ Geograph
Bonnyrigg, Midlothian. Picture: CLT Smith/Wikimedia
Lower Largo on the Fife coastline. Picture: John Allan/Geograph
Coming in at number 20, Edinburgh has the highest percentage of adults with post-high school qualifications (49 per cent). Picture: Pixabay.