Lonely Planetâ€™s Best in Travel 2014 is hot off the presses and guess what? Scotlandâ€™s grabbed third place on the list of the top countries in the world for travellers in 2014, whoop whoop! While Brazil took the top spot and with Antarctica at number two, Sweden and Malawi rounded out the top five ahead of the likes of the Seychelles, Mexico and Malaysia. We did pretty well, donâ€™t you think?
Featuring whatâ€™s going to be hot in the year to come and why, the worldâ€™s #1 guidebook brand hails Scotland to be well-deservedly taking the spotlight on the world stage. Tom Hall, Lonely Planetâ€™s Best in Travel 2014 contributor, said:
â€˜The countryâ€™s buzzing cities and stunning scenery have plenty to offer visitors, combined with an incredible calendar of events and Scotland looks set for a year-long celebration.â€™
2014 is going to be an eventful year for Scotland, thatâ€™s for sure, with the Year of Homecoming, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Highland games, The Ryder Cup at Gleneagles and the Edinburgh Festival all making it into Lonely Planetâ€™s 2014 planner for major events around the world.
Scotlandâ€™s scenery, universally praised for being truly breathtaking, is cited as another reason that encourages travellers to â€˜take the high road to Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and Cairngorms National Park and fall in love with the landscape that inspired poet Robert Burns.â€™ And with Edinburgh being touted as â€˜the most gothic city outside of Transylvaniaâ€™ and saying that Glasgow â€˜has never looked so goodâ€™, it’s quite simply phenomenal.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Scotland’s been recognised by Lonely Planet. Back in September, we’re hailed as one of the world’s top destinations for thrill-seekers in Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures.
We couldnâ€™t be more pleased with these accolades – this is clearly Scotlandâ€™s year for travellers, so come on – discover what all the buzz is about before the rest of the world catches on!
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Top: Edinburgh – the view from Calton Hill. Bottom left: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Bottom middle: The Highland games. Bottom right: Scotch whisky.
Left: A red deer stag.Â Right top: Loch Lomond. Right bottom: Eilean Donan Castle.
Artist’s impression of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony