The world is full of inspiring vistas, whether it is rugged coastlines, rolling countryside, isolated islands or soaring mountain peaks. Earlier this year, readers of Rough Guides were asked to vote for the most beautiful country in the world.
This is a tough question and I’m not sure where I would have cast my vote. Variety always wins over monotony in my view, so I would not choose any country that is dominated by one type of geological feature, however beautiful it might be. Seasons are also a key part of my perspective on beauty, so that would exclude any country too close to the equator. Choices, choices…Thankfully the vote is already closed, so I don’t need to spend too long pondering which country would have finally got my support.
The great news for those of us that live in the UK, is that it turns out much of the world’s beauty is right under our noses. Scotland, England and Wales all made it into the Top 10 and… drum roll please… Scotland secured the top spot. Yes, that’s right, Rough Guides readers voted three of our home nations right up there when it comes to global good looks. Scotland was placed as Number 1 (beating Canada, New Zealand and Italy), with England placed as Number 7 and Wales as Number 10.
So, while you are saving your pennies for visits to the dramatic landscapes tempting you from the pages of glossy holiday magazines, why not fill your time with some home-grown beauty. Rough Guides readers were quick to sing the praises of the wild beaches, deep lochs and craggy castles of Scotland, gems like the Jurassic Coast of England and the castles and history of Wales. iFootpath walking guides are the perfect way to immerse yourself in our nation’s natural landscapes, an easy and affordable way to enjoy some of the most beautiful places on the planet.
You can see the full list of the Top 20 countries at https://www.roughguides.com/gallery/most-beautiful-country-in-the-world/
17 December 2017