A Deeside village has been named among the best places to live in Scotland.
Aboyne is included in the list compiled by The Sunday Times.
The accolade comes in the newspaper’s Best Places to Live Guide, which was published at the weekend.
It assesses a wide range of factors from jobs, schools and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops, in order to compile the definitive top locations.
Aboyne features in the leading 10 places to live in Scotland.
Aberdeenshire West Conservative MSP Alexander Burnett said: “This guide to the best places to live in the UK has confirmed what people in this area have known for a long time.
“Deeside is full of fantastic towns and villages that are the envy of many other parts of the country.
“I was delighted to see Aboyne rated as one of the best in The Sunday Times guide. The study looked at local schools, job opportunities, amenities and community spirit – and I would imagine Aboyne scored highly in every category.”
Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Peter Argyle said it should come as no surprise.
He added: “The village is ideally placed midway between Aberdeen and the splendours of the Cairngorm National Park, in wonderful landscapes beside Scotland’s foremost river.
“If you add to this a community that takes great pride in its heritage and sense of place, as reflected in the Aboyne Highland Games and a myriad of other community activities, you will find a village very deserving of the recognition.
“We have two excellent schools and ever-improving community facilities for sport and recreation, community owned and managed woodlands and the only community-operated scheduled bus service in Scotland.
“It is a great place to live or to visit.”
Another local councillor Geva Blackett said the village had so much to offer, no matter what your age.
She added: “The schools are great and cater for every child’s needs, the village is within easy commuting distance of Aberdeen, Dundee and Inverurie and of course there are a variety of employment opportunities in the local area.
“No wonder Aboyne is one of the best places to live in the country with a community spirit to match.”
Helen Davies, The Sunday Times home editor said: “Choosing the right location to put down roots is one of the most important decisions you’ll make.
“There is much to celebrate, and the UK is scattered with thriving towns and villages, cool cities and suburbs, though people may be surprised how many traditional favourites haven’t made the cut in 2018.”
Meanwhile, the guide named Melrose, in the Borders, as the best place to live in Scotland, replacing last year’s winner North Berwick.