Travel Scotland has been voted the most welcoming country in the world by Rough Guide readers

07:05  05 december  2017
07:05  05 december  2017 Source:   Country Living (UK)

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Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world by the readers of a prestigious travel guide . Rough Guides named the country ‘Off the back of this accolade, we look forward to welcoming more visitors from across the world who want to encounter Scotland ’s unique beauty

Rough Guides Editors @ roughguides . And finally, the world ’s most beautiful country is revealed: Scotland . The world ’s most welcoming countries – as voted by you. 20 of the most photogenic places in the world .

Scotland has been voted the most welcoming country in the world by Rough Guide readers © Getty Scotland has been voted the most welcoming country in the world by Rough Guide readers Ceilidh-ing with strangers and chats with Glaswegian taxi drivers have proven popular among Rough Guide readers, who have voted Scotland the most welcoming country in the world, as well as their Favourite Destination for 2017

This comes only weeks after a survey conducted by the travel guide publishers revealed the Scottish nation to be the most beautiful in the world.

a view of a rocky mountain © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc With its craggy countryside, considered culture and convivial celebrations, our cross-border companion has fared extremely well in many Rough Guide polls. 

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Tourism bosses have welcomed a number one listing for Scotland by readers of an influential travel guide . The readers of Rough Guide voted the nation as “ the most beautiful country in the world ”, beating Canada to the number one slot in the top 20 countries .

It’s recently been awarded the accolade for most beautiful country by Rough Guides , but Scotland has now also been named the most welcoming country to travellers. [ Read more : 24 mouthwatering delicacies you have to try if you visit Scotland ].

The 200 festivals hosted annually throughout Scotlands cities, towns and villages provide ample opportunity for visitors to be welcomed by locals – and between St Andrew's Day (30 November), Hogmanay (31st December) and Burns Night (25 January), the winter months are always particularly lively.

fireworks exploding in the dark © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc What's more, in 2015 and 2016, Scotland was recognised as the "best country in Europe for LGBTI legal equality" by The Equality Network. The country also hosts a wide variety of nationalities, including welcoming a third of Syrian refugees settling in the UK and boasting the highest percentage of international and EU students of the four UK nations. 

The Scottish accent is often voted the friendliest and most trustworthy in Britain – and has also, incidentally, been voted the sexiest. Another great reason to visit.

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Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world by the readers of a prestigious travel guide . Rough Guides named the country ‘Off the back of this accolade, we look forward to welcoming more visitors from across the world who want to encounter Scotland ’s unique beauty

Last month, Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world by Rough Guide readers . The results have been welcomed by tourism gurus who are keen to preserve Scotland ’s breathtaking appearance.

a close up of a flag © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc Rough Guides states: "Whether you're propping up a bar in Edinburgh or trekking the hills of Glen Coe, you're sure to feel a warm Scottish welcome from whomever you meet.

"Scotland, a perennial favourite of Rough Guides readers, is your number one destination for 2017.

"Previously, you named it the most beautiful country in the world – but it's not all about appearances. This year the Edinburgh Fringe Festival celebrated its 70th year and Glasgow emerged as a foodie destination to watch.

"Whether you're exploring the capital or discovering Scotland's little-visited corners, you're guaranteed a memorable trip.

Macolm Roughead, head of Scotland's tourism body, said: "We believe Scotland to be an inclusive destination – one that is open to all - which is why accolades like this are so important and help strengthen our global reputation as a welcoming nation."

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After weeks of voting , the results of the 2017 Rough Guides Reader Awards are in. Ever a favourite with Rough Guides readers , Scotland came out top as the world ’s most welcoming country . Sure, Scotland has some pretty epic scenery and some buzzing cities to boot, but it’s the people that are

We're packing our bags as we speak!

a man standing in front of a mountain © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc For more information on Scotland, go to www.visitscotland.com

Related: 2017 Travel Goals For Your Bucket List (provided by Wochit News)

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