Runrig's Loch Lomond 'Scotland's greatest song'

RUNRIG'S version of Loch Lomond has been voted Scotland's greatest song, it was revealed today.

The charity ScotsCare, which helps Scots in London, carried out a poll to find the nation's most loved track.

And it chose St Andrew's Day to announce that Runrig's version of Loch Lomond had taken the top spot.

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It was the choice of 40% of those who voted, narrowly beating Big Country's Fields of Fire – which secured 37% of the votes – into second place.

Dougie MacLean's song Caledonia was third, the Deacon Blue track Dignity came in fourth, while the the Proclaimers song I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) was fifth.

Runrig said they were honoured to win and added: "Loch Lomond is a deserving winner and a song we love to perform. What a great way for us to mark St Andrew's Day."

Singer Lulu presented the band with an award for topping the poll and said: "Runrig are a fantastic Scottish band, I'm delighted that Scots are voting for and appreciating them."

Lulu added: "Loch Lomond is definitely one of those songs that very quickly reminds you of home. Perhaps we now have the answer to Scotland's national anthem."

ScotsCare chief executive Willie Docherty said: "It's very fitting that a song featuring one of Scotland's greatest landmark's has won our vote.

"I'm also glad the winner was from such a great Scottish band. Given its popularity, Loch Lomond has our backing for Scotland's official national anthem."