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Orkney 'the most romantic place in the UK'

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Image caption Orkney Library has been topping up the romantic fiction section after the win

Orkney has been named as the UK's most romantic destination by publishers Mills and Boon.

The islands were up against Bath and the Lake District for the title.

The three locations were the most popular in a public vote following an appeal for nominations on the publisher's website.

Orkney was selected as the winner by a panel of judges from the world of romantic fiction at an awards ceremony in London on Wednesday night.

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Media captionOrkney is named the most romantic place in the UK, beating Bath and the Lake District

Kirsty Mainland, chair of the Orkney Tourism Group, said: "Everyone here in Orkney is absolutely over the moon with this result.

"Being involved in the Mills and Boon Romantics Awards has been enormous fun and generated some lovely publicity for Orkney, a place that's always been a favourite with romantics.

"To win the award is a real bonus and we hope it will encourage even more people to come and spend some time amongst our wonderful, magical islands."

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