A hundred thousand welcomes

There’s always a welcome in the Highlands, Lowlands and every bit of Scotland in between – and it’s not just the Scots who say so.

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In the wake of Scotland being named by globally acclaimed travel experts Rough Guides as the most beautiful in the world the country has now also been voted as the most welcoming.

The leading publisher of travel and reference guides asked its customers to pick their favourite destination to visit in 2017 and Scotland came out on top, ahead of second place Iceland.

Indeed, the nation polled strongly with travellers in three separate categories. In addition to being named ‘favourite destination’ Scotland was also chosen as the ‘most welcoming country’ and as one of the best places on the planet to view the Northern Lights, which Rough Guide placed at the ‘top of the bucket list’ category.

“Whether you’re exploring the capital or discovering Scotland’s little-visited corners, you’re guaranteed a memorable trip,” promised the Guide.

But it’s not just overseas travellers with an affection for Scotland. Newly released figures from one of the country’s top holiday letting agencies has shown the trend for staycations continues to rise.

Cottages & Castles has announced record-breaking bookings for 2017 following an increase of 19 per cent compared to 2016. In the last two years alone the company has seen bookings increase by almost half.

“Many families are taking more than one holiday per year these days – perhaps favouring several short breaks in different parts of Scotland, with the added advantage of not having to take an exhausting long-haul flight with small children,” said Sue Bourne, managing director of Cottages & Castles.

“I think there has been a resurgence of interest in beautiful rural areas of Scotland, particularly the islands.”

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