Indeed, influential travel guide, Rough Guides, reckons New Zealand’s “rolling green hills, majestic mountains, breathtaking fiords and amazing diversity of landscape from one island to the next” is worthy of awards.
Canada came second and Scotland first, but that’s okay – there’s nothing wrong with a bronze medal.
“We are delighted that Scotland has received this remarkable accolade from Rough Guide readers, but of course it will not be a surprise to anyone who has encountered our wonderful country,” said chief executive of VisitScotland, Malcolm Roughead.
“From our awe-inspiring landscapes to our remarkable historic attractions, to our bustling but beautiful urban centres, Scotland takes people’s breaths away.
“Our latest campaign, the Spirit of Scotland, was based on feedback from visitors that they get a special feeling while in the country – whether it’s in the wilds of Glen Coe on a stormy day or taking part in a ceilidh on Burns’ Night – there is something different about Scotland that they can’t experience anywhere else in the world.
“Of course, with great beauty comes great responsibility and we urge both visitors and residents alike to respect Scotland’s natural assets to protect and preserve them for many generations to come.”
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3. New Zealand
5. South Africa