• Scotland named most beautiful country : Rough Guides

    Ramesh Tiwari
    September 7, 2017
    Scotland named most beautiful country : Rough Guides

    London ( Relaxnews AFP ) : Scotland’s wild, rugged beauty outranked every other destination to be named the most beautiful country in the world by readers of Rough Guides.

    A look at the top three spots suggests that readers seem to be particularly enamored with countries that boast large, open spaces and dramatic natural scenery, as Canada and New Zealand round out the podium.

    Meanwhile, from the country’s deep, dark lochs and Scottish lore, to its string of ancient castles and mysterious ruins, Scotland’s natural heritage has served as the muse for some of the world’s most legendary poets, such as Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.

    Scotland’s Castle Country in Aberdeenshire, for instance, boasts 300 castles, stately homes and ruins — the most castles per acre than anywhere else in the UK. Scotland’s Castle Trail is a six-day itinerary that features stops at 19 of the country’s most famous and dramatic castles.

    A newer, but no less important addition to Scotland’s heritage is the legacy of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, which drew inspiration from Edinburgh’s cobbled streets and winding alleys, and the country’s dramatic landscapes.

    To mark the 20th anniversary of the debut novel, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” this summer, the country’s tourism office created a four-day itinerary that features some of the cafes where Rowling spent creating her magical world, and some of the filming locations used in the movie franchise, including the Jacobite Steam Train, which inspired the Hogwarts Express.

    Overall, a scan of the top 20 countries reveals a heavy slant towards countries in Europe, which take up about half the list.

    One possible reason? Rough Guides is a London-based publication with a heavy British and European readership. 

    For travel inspiration this year, check out the top 20 most beautiful countries in the world as voted by Rough Guides readers this year:

    1. Scotland

    2. Canada

    3. New Zealand

    4. Italy

    5. South Africa

    6. Indonesia

    7. England

    8. Iceland

    9. USA

    10. Wales

    The full list can be found at https://www.roughguides.com/gallery/most-beautiful-country-in-the-world/

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      January 20 : Republican billionaire Donald Trump sworn in as 45th US president
      January 23 : Syria peace talks begin in Kazakh capital Astana
      March 29 :United Kingdom officially launches the Brexit process
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      April 6 : US cruise missiles destroy Syrian air base
      April 9 : Bombings at two churches in Egypt kill dozens
      April 16 : Refugee death toll passes 1,000 in Mediterranean
      April 16 :Turkey says YES to presidential system
      May 6 :Emmanuel Macron elected French president defeating Marine Le Pen
      May 19 :Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani wins re-election
      May 22 : Terrorist attack kills 22 at Manchester concert
      June 5 : Gulf nations severe ties with Qatar
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      June 14 :London fire kills 71 in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower
      July 4 :North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s missile ambitions
      July 28 : Pakistan’s top court disqualifies Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office
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      Between January and August 2017, destinations worldwide welcomed 901 million international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors), 56 million more than in the same period of 2016 .The top ten most visited cities are:
      CityVisitors
      HONG KONG26.6 million
      BANGKOK 21.2 million
      LONDON19.2 million
      SINGAPORE16.6 million
      MACAU15.4 million
      DUBAI14.9 million
      PARIS14.4 million
      NEW YORK12.7 million
      SHENZHEN12.6 million
      KUALA LUMPUR12.3 million

      Source: Euromonitor International

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