THREE Scottish locations have made a list of Britain’s best villages which have not been “spoiled by mass tourism” and maintain their authentic charm well.

Travel experts from across the UK helped shortlist the beauty spots, as the staycation boom sees traditional destinations increasingly cater to tourists rather than residents.

The list, featured in The Telegraph, seeks to make the point that there are still peaceful places untouched by over-tourism throughout the UK.

28. Tobermory, Isle of Mull

The National: View of the harbour at Tobermory. (Photo by: Loop Images/UIG via Getty Images).

Travel writer Robin McKelvie, who also contributes to The National, selected Tobermory as one of his nominations – celebrating its ability to be both a host to so many summer visitors and continue to appear “postcard-perfect”.

“How this wee Isle of Mull oasis absorbs so many summer visitors, ferry passengers and small cruise ships, whilst retaining its dignity and authentic edge, is as mystifying as how two bands pull off playing gigs simultaneously at The Mishnish, Tobermory’s legendary pub,” McKelvie writes.

“The sinewy road to Tobermory helps deter tour buses, as does the distraction of Iona at the other end of Mull. Tobermory’s necklace of pastel-hued waterfront houses are postcard-perfect – no wonder the BBC chose ‘Balamory’ for its children’s TV series.”

The writer recommends travellers try Isle of Mull cheddar, fresh seafood, and whisky made at the local distillery while visiting Tobermory. For a place to stay, the Western Isles Hotel is recommended.

29. Inverie, Knoydart

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The main village of the Knoydart peninsula has enjoyed an increasing population in recent years thanks to community ownership wins – and now boasts its own renewable energy supply and reforestation projects.

“Visit for an intriguing window into how villages can prosper when power is devolved,” suggests McKelvie.

For food, visitors can try the community shop for locally sourced meats and vegetables. The UK mainland’s most remote pub – which is also community owned – features beers from the village brewery, and the baking at Knoydart Pottery and Tearoom is not to be missed.

For accommodation, McKelvie suggests staying at the Wee Hooses to help put money into the local community.

30. St Monans, Fife

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This village, located close to St Andrews, offers a true authentic glimpse of Fife’s East Neuk. With its fishing fleet and smokehouse still in operation, and merchant houses maintaining original features it’s a little like going back in time into a historic oil painting.

McKelvie suggests visitors explore the Fife Coastal Path from this village base, and reward themselves with plentiful seafood while overlooking the fishing boats from East Pier Smokehouse at night.

For accommodation, Grannie’s Harbour B&B on the harbourfront comes well recommended.