Scotland voted most beautiful country!

The popular Rough Guide travel book series has held a vote among its readers – for the most beautiful country in the world.  The runners up are Canada, New Zealand, Italy, South Africa and Indonesia.  Scotland gained the most votes, and in the words of Rough Guide:

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

Scotland most beautiful country, Rough Guide

Rough Guides has also judged the Scottish Highlands to be the best region in the UK for cycling – so why not add a few days’ cycling to your homestay holiday?

“Wild swathes of largely deserted mountainous terrain give way to clear, well ­maintained roads perfect for a bike ride, with few cars joining you along the way. The scenery around is astoundingly beautiful, and you’ll find yourself cruising through deep valleys and past inky-blue lochs.”

And Edinburgh is the best place in the UK for architecture.  Edinburgh is an easy day trip from our homestay in Crieff.

“Edinburgh Castle’s fairy­tale towers are a reminder of the city’s ancient roots, while sleek, urban design in the city centre gives the the city a decidedly cool edge. Take an architecture tour to explore the Old Town’s winding Reformation-­era streets and the elegant Neo­classical buildings of the New Town. Modern highlights include the controversial Scottish Parliament building and the swirling Edinburgh Landform. When you’ve had your fill of the city from the ground, head to the top of Calton Hill to take in the skyline from above.”


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