Rough Guide (respected travel bible of adventures in the know) have concluded a “most beautiful country in the world as voted by you", competition and revealed Scotland as the winner.
Canada came in at second place, closely followed by New Zealand at number three, Italy at number four and South Africa at number five.
Australia did not make the top 20 (what-ever).
Malcolm Roughead, CEO of VisitScotland was beyond pleased with the result, releasing the following statement.
He said: “We are delighted that Scotland has received this remarkable accolade from Rough Guide readers, but of course it will not be a surprise to anyone who has encountered our wonderful country.
“From our awe-inspiring landscapes to our remarkable historic attractions, to our bustling but beautiful urban centres, Scotland takes people’s breaths away.
“Our latest campaign, the Spirit of Scotland, was based on feedback from visitors that they get a special feeling while in the country – whether it’s in the wilds of Glen Coe on a stormy day or taking part in a ceilidh on Burns’ Night – there is something different about Scotland that they can’t experience anywhere else in the world.
“Of course, with great beauty comes great responsibility and we urge both visitors and residents alike to respect Scotland’s natural assets to protect and preserve them for many generations to come.”
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