Silver lining for Highland retreats

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Two Highland hideaways have been selected as runners-up in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019 with a Glenmoriston project taking a third place.

Machrihanish Bay, located next to Campbeltown Airport on the Kintyre peninsula, came second in the Beach of the Year category, which was won by Sandown Bay on the Isle of White.

Boasting the longest continuous stretch of sand in Argyll, the bay is popular with surfers, beachcombers and walkers.

The Cairngorms took second place in the National Park of the Year section, with North York Moors in first, while the Caledonian Forest Restoration Project, carried out on the Dundreggan Estate in Glenmoriston were voted third best Wildlife Success Story of the Year.

Winners were announced last week following a long and detailed judging process to produce the shortlists.

The choice was then left up to a public vote run through the magazine.

‘Congratulations to each of the winners – and all the people and places who were shortlisted,’ said Countryfile Magazine editor Fergus Collins.

‘The aim of our awards is to celebrate the best of the British countryside and shine a light on lesser known places, projects and people who are doing great work.’