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Lonely Planet-Scotland

Lonely planet is a great travel guide for backpackers. This year it lists the top ten countries to visit. Its choice includes some unfamiliar regions to me, like Antarctica, Malawi, Seychelles and Macedonia. However, I will surely vote for Scotland, since I once lived in Edinburgh for about 10 months. The following is an article from BBC, entitled ” Lonely Planet says Scotland is third best country to visit.” Check out this news article and see if you want to visit this wonderful country some day.

1 巴西 (Brazil)
2 南極(Antarctica)
3 蘇格蘭 (Scotland)
4 瑞典 (Sweden)
5 馬拉維(Malawi)
6 墨西哥(Mexico)
7 塞舌爾(Seychelles)
8 比利時 (Belgium)
9 馬其頓 (Macedonia)
10 馬來西亞 (Malaysia

The beauty of Edinburgh

Highland games: In this movie clip, you’ll see Patrick Dempsey wearing a sexy kilt and tossing caber. You can also hear bagpipes playing and talks with Scottish accent.

Hogmanay: Scottish New Year’s Eve

767px-EdinburghNYE

Source: BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-24712473

A Chinese article: http://bbc.in/1bRbqKm

Scotland has been named one of the top countries in the world to visit in 2014 by travel guide Lonely Planet.

It was voted third best country to head to, behind Brazil which took the top spot and Antarctica which came second.

Lonely Planet said Scotland’s “jam-packed schedule of world-class events” made it “the place to be” in 2014.

The Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow next summer. The Ryder Cup will be held at Gleneagles and next year is also Scotland’s Year of Homecoming.

The book also cited Highland Games and the Edinburgh festivals as events that will draw travellers to Scotland next year, and it said the country’s cities were well worth a visit.

The guide described Edinburgh as “the most gothic city outside Transylvania” and encouraged travellers to “take the high road to Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and Cairngorms National Park and fall in love with the landscape that inspired poet Robert Burns”.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 contributor Tom Hall said: “Next year Scotland will be well-deservedly taking the spotlight on the world stage.

“The country’s buzzing cities and stunning scenery have plenty to offer visitors, combined with an incredible calendar of events and Scotland looks set for a year-long celebration.”

Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland, said: “It’s clear that 2014 is Scotland’s chance to shine on the world stage, and to have this commendation from Lonely Planet is a fantastic seal of approval.

“From the bells bringing in our year-long Homecoming celebrations on Hogmanay, to the biggest ever sporting events to take place in Scotland – the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and the Ryder Cup, this could be the greatest ever chance for our country to be seen as a globally recognised, must-visit destination for many years to come.”

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