Shortlist for Scotland’s Best Places unveiled

Addressing a packed reception at the Scottish Parliament which included the Minister for Local Government and Planning Minister Derek MacKay, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) President Cath Ranson unveiled the shortlist for Scotland’s Best Places.

The RTPI Scotland initiative will identify the top ten places that have been built, enhanced or protected by planners and the planning system within Scotland since 1914, and is part of the Institute’s centenary celebrations.

The reception in the Scottish Parliament was kindly hosted by Sarah Boyack MSP. With 23,000 members’ worldwide working in the public, private, charitable and education sectors, the RTPI is the largest professional institute for planners in Europe.

Cath Ranson, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said: “We’d like everyone to vote for their favourite place from this impressive and diverse shortlist. We hope that in doing so, people talk to their friends and relatives about what they value most about each of the places, and that the discussion provokes debate about the positive and persuasive role planners have in creating great places.”

The shortlist for Scotland’s Best Places (in alphabetical order) is:

  • Crown Street in the Gorbals, Glasgow
  • Dundee Waterfront
  • East Kilbride New Town
  • The Forth and Clyde Canal
  • Lerwick Waterfront in Shetland
  • Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
  • The Merchant City in Glasgow
  • Raploch in Stirling
  • The Royal Mile and North Holyrood in Edinburgh
  • The West Highland Way

Voting for Scotland’s Best Places is now open. People need to go to pick their top 3 places. The winning places will be announced in June and will be featured in a centenary edition of RTPI Scotland’s journal The Scottish Planner.

Scotland’s Best Places is kindly sponsored by Barton Willmore and the Scottish Government.