The shortlist for this year's awards has been announced and voting is open. 

The panel of expert judges scrutinised all the suggestions from readers and deliberated for hours to select five outstanding contenders in each category. Speyside is a finalist in the Holiday Destination of the Year category.

Judge John Craven said: “Helping to choose the shortlists meant interacting with the readers, in a quite remarkable way. We carefully considered every nomination and some were for places I had never heard of but which you obviously love. That made me determined to check them out.”

Huge congratulations to the finalists, it is a real achievement to make it onto the shortlist.

From Friday 19th January, it is up to you to the ultimate winners. Let's getting voting for Speyside!

How to vote in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018

Voting for the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2018 will open on 19th January and runs until 5th March.

Vote online or fill in the form and send your choices to Awards, BBC Countryfile Magazine, Tower House, Fairfax Street, Bristol, BS1 3BN

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