Banchory is one of 12 locations in Scotland that have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain by The Sunday Times.
Topping the list as the best place to live in Scotland is North Berwick in East Lothian with Dundee, Orkney and Dunblane also featuring.
In selecting the list, judges assessed a wide range of factors, from jobs, exam results and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops to compile the guide to the “definitive top locations”.
They also took into account their own experience of the villages, towns and cities, such as local pubs, ease of transport and the range of attractive property to “ensure the chosen locations truly are places where readers and their families can thrive”.
Statistics on crime and education were also considered.
The list of Scottish places, which are not being ranked in any order, is due to be published on Sunday (March 19).
The Sunday Times Best Places to Live - Scotland are:
- Banchory, Aberdeenshire
- Cramond, Firth of Forth
- Cromarty, Ross and Cromarty
- Dunblane, Stirlingshire
- Dundee, Dundee City
- Gairloch, Wester Ross
- Shawlands, Glasgow
- Helensborough, Dunbartonshire
- Killearn, Stirlingshire
- Melrose, Scottish Borders
- North Berwick, East Lothian
- Orkney, Northern Isles
The Sunday Times home editor Helen Davies said: “This is the fifth year we have compiled the list, and this year’s is even bigger and better - the guide is more personal, more detailed and more comprehensive than ever before.
“The list weighs up everything from considering the likely impact of the local plan, to whether the post office is still open, the range of housing, and the quality of the coffee.
“Numbers on a spreadsheet can only tell us so much, so we carefully balance statistics with our writers’ decades of knowledge and expertise to create the definitive list of the best places to live in the UK.”
In addition to the list, Edinburgh has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Places Top 20 perennials, the list which celebrates the places that have that have appeared in almost every list over the past five years.
Property firm Countrywide provided details on average property prices for sale and to rent for the guide.
Johnny Morris, research and analytics director at Countrywide plc, said: “Using extensive data from across our businesses, along with official statistics, we have been able to paint a detailed picture, not just of how much it costs to buy or rent in different places across the country, but what it is like to live there too.
“We’ve been able to do this for all types of people, from someone renting their first flat to a family buying their forever home.”
Readers can join in the conversation online by sharing their favourite places and why they love them using the hashtag #stbestplaces.