Scotland is the most beautiful country in the world, according to Rough Guide

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Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world by a renowned travel guide.

A poll conducted by the Rough Guide found readers believe Scotland to be “the most beautiful country in the world”, beating Canada to the number one spot.

The guide concluded the “wild beaches, deep lochs and craggy castles” of the Scottish highlands were among the world’s most beautiful spectacles.

England was voted the seventh most beautiful place, while Wales placed tenth in the rankings.

The top 10 most beautiful places in the world



1. Scotland


2. Canada


3. New Zealand


4. Italy


5. South Africa


6. Indonesia


7. England


8. Iceland


9. United States


10. Wales

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said the title would attract more visitors to Scotland.

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.”

The UK countries beat off stiff competition from picturesque tourist favourites such as Switzerland Norway and Vietnam, which all placed in the top 20.

Finishing the list, Rough Guide said: “And finally, the world’s most beautiful country is revealed: Scotland.

“Who can deny that these wild beaches, deep lochs and craggy castles are some of the most wonderful and beautiful sights in the world?”


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