TWO Ross-shire communities have been included in a list of the best places to live in Britain.
Cromarty and Gairloch both feature in the top spots in Scotland, according to a list published by The Sunday Times.
The Sunday broadsheet took account of a wide range of factors from jobs, exam results and broadband speed to culture, community spirit and local shops in order to compile what it described as "the definitive top locations to make your home".
Twelve locations in Scotland have been named among the Best Places to Live in Britain with North Berwick adjudged to be the best place to live in Scotland.
The methodology to arrive at the final listing, it states, "relies on hard data and robust statistics on crime and education, but also on expert knowledge from The Sunday Times judging panel".
The judges combine the numbers with 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.
Scotland’s other top spots include Banchory, Cramond, Dunblane and Melrose. Dundee is the only city in Scotland to feature.
Edinburgh was 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.