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Melrose named best place to live in Scotland

Ten Scottish locations feature in the UK-wide list including Dundee, Orkney, the Black Isle and Edinburgh’s Morningside.

Melrose has taken the title of the best place to live in Scotland in a new national ranking.

The Borders town made the top of the list north of the border in The Sunday Times Best Places to Live guide, replacing last year’s winner North Berwick.

The former winner remains one of 10 locations in Scotland featured in the UK-wide guide for 2018 which assesses factors including jobs, schools, broadband, culture, community spirit and local amenities.

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Melrose took the top spot from the Easth Lothian coastal town of North Berwick (David Cheskin/PA)

The large selection of shops in Melrose – for its size – and the local schools are cited as factors behind its top billing.

The town was on the list last year, as were Dundee and Orkney which both feature again this year.

Other Scottish locations listed include Aberdour in Fife, the Black Isle in the Highlands, Aboyne in Aberdeenshire and the pricey Morningside area of Edinburgh.

Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway and the village of Strathbungo south of Glasgow also make the guide.

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