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Scotland's 'hidden gems' revealed in public vote

Six "hidden gems" from across Scotland have been revealed after a nationwide search.

The public vote was co-ordinated by Dig It! 2017, the year long celebration of the country's archaeology.

In total, more than 12,000 votes were cast over two months for the 28 nominated locations in the poll.

1. Govan Stones, Glasgow

Govan Stones Image copyright The Govan Stones Project

With over 2,000 votes, this was the most popular site.

The collection consists of 31 medieval stones carved in the Viking era, including carved crosses and five Viking hogback stones.

2. Ardrossan Castle

Ardrossan Castle Image copyright Dig It! 2017

The medieval ruin in North Ayrshire once played host to some of Scotland's most powerful people including William Wallace.

3. The Howff, Dundee

The Howff Image copyright Dundee Photographer

A 453-year-old graveyard landed in third place with over 1,000 votes.

Dig It! 2017 Project Manager Dr Jeff Saunders said he had been delighted with the response from the public.

4. James Watt Cottage, Bo'ness

James Watt Cottage Image copyright The Friends of Kinneil

The former workshop of the inventor James Watt, whose steam engine played a key role in the Industrial Revolution, was also among the top sites.

Dr Sanders said the people who nominated the locations had put an "enormous amount of time and effort into the promotion".

5. Campbeltown Picture House

Campbeltown Picture House Image copyright Burrell Foley Fischer LLP

One of the earliest surviving purpose-built cinemas in the UK, located in Argyll and Bute, also gained strong support from the public.

Vote organisers said it had been great to see the public response to the sites, whether it was sharing childhood memories or discovering a site for the first time.

6. Lincluden Collegiate Church, Dumfries

Lincluden Church Image copyright Sleeping Giants

The final spot on the list went to the church in southern Scotland where visitors can still find angels and cherubs carved in the stone.

Marie Christie, of VisitScotland, said all the hidden gems highlighted the "rich and diverse history" of the country.

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