A Miss Scotland finalist from Ayr says reaching the ultimate stage of the competition is an "amazing opportunity" to represent her country.

Cailin Beggs, 20, is one of 11 Miss Scotland finalists - two of them from Ayr - hoping to win the big prize later this month.

The former Belmont Academy pupil is currently studying law at the University of Strathclyde.

Cailin told the Advertiser: "I grew up in Tarbolton and Ayr but when I was really young I also lived in Helensburgh and the Netherlands.

Ayr Advertiser:

"I attended Tarbolton Primary then Belmont Academy.

"I loved school and was always involved with lots of activities such as sports clubs, volunteering and projects like the Sir Tom Hunter Business challenge.

"I am now enjoying life as a law student at the University of Strathclyde, going into my third year.

"I've recently started working for an Ayrshire based company as a legal executive. It is great to be getting relevant experience to enhance my law degree."

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Cailin also spends her time looking after her brother, who is autistic, and says that once she completes her university studies she would like to advocate for the rights of disadvantaged communities.

Cailin said of her little brother: "He is amazing and gives me a reason to smile every day.

Ayr Advertiser:

"All of this keeps me very busy but I also love to create content for my Instagram account, collaborating with big brands such a Boohoo, Look Fantastic and Ego. 

"I followed the Miss Scotland competition for a few years and I’ve been admired the achievements of the finalists and the amazing opportunity to represent Scotland.

"This year I decided to go for it and applied.

"I plan to complete my law degree and become a solicitor. I'd like to advocate for the rights of disadvantaged communities. I also love travelling and want to see more of the world."

Cailin is one of two 2023 finalists from Ayr, with Jade Macintyre also in the running for the prize.

The remaining finalists are Rebecca Bowden, from Edinburgh; Alexis Cram, from Airdrie; Chelsie Allison, from Inverness; Eilidh Blyth, from Falkirk; Eden Campbell, from Glasgow; Olivia Sharkey, from Lesmahagow; Klaire Ambat, from Glasgow; Chloe Ashe, from Falkirk; and Olivia Maree Wilson, from Kilsyth.

Find out more about the competition at facebook.com/Officialmissscotland.