Scotland named “the most beautiful country in the world” in a travel guide readers’ poll

Readers of Rough Guide have named Scotland as “the most beautiful country in the world.”

In its poll, travel website Rough Guide asked its readers to vote for the most beautiful and stunning country in the world, and the results revealed that the number one choice among readers was Scotland—the northern-most nation of the United Kingdom.

Scotland beat Canada, New Zealand, Italy and South Africa to grab the top rank in the list.

“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 Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland.

Canada, which offers visitors mountains for skiing and rivers for fishing, was judged the second-most beautiful country in the world.

New Zealand’s diverse landscape and breathtaking views ensured number 3 spot for the country in the list.

Italy, popular for its Gondola ride in Venice, was voted as the fourth most beautiful country.

The world’s top 10 most beautiful countries, as voted by the readers of Rough Guide are as follow:

  1. Scotland
  2. Canada
  3. New Zealand
  4. Italy
  5. South Africa
  6. Indonesia
  7. England
  8. Iceland
  9. USA
  10. Wales