THREE Borders towns are in the running to be named the most beautiful in Scotland.

Melrose, Peebles and Kelso are among the 35 communities to be put forward for the accolade, set up by tourism website Hidden Scotland.

And Borderers can vote online for their favourite – with the overall winner being announced on August 10.

A spokesperson for the competition said: "Scotland is home to over 7,000 charming, picturesque and historic towns and villages that each have their own individualities and offerings which make them so special in their own rights. Coastline communities with cute harbours, small villages tucked at the foot of crags, towns enclosed by lush fauna and flora – Scotland has everything to offer.

"Everyone has a town or village that has a special place in their hearts, each with a valid reason why it’s the best, so now is the time to crown the most beautiful. The contest aims to find the most charming and picturesque place in the country."

Also in the running are: Millport, Oban, Fort Augustus, Findhorn, Anstruther, Stonehaven, Pittenweem, Crieff, Kirkcudbright, St Monans, Rosemarkie, Ballatar, Pennan, Braemar, Applecross, Torridon, Killin, Cromarty, Portree, Plockton, Tobermory, Lanark, Forres, Crovie, Stromness, Portnahaven, Crail, Luss, Dunkeld, Broughty Ferry, Comrie and Pitlochry.

Jack Cairney, the Founder Hidden Scotland added: "I’m excited to start our search for Scotland’s most beautiful town or village.

"Our audience have picked some of the most charming and picturesque places you can visit in Scotland and it’s a delight to be able to showcase some of these places."

To vote, visit: