Scotland voted the most beautiful country in the world

Spectacular landscapes and bustling cities helped this country take the top spot.

Scotland has fought off some very tough competition to be voted the most beautiful country in the world.

The home of lochs and castles came out top in a reader poll by travel book publisher Rough Guides.

It's not hard to see why Scotland was victorious, with its awe-inspiring natural landscapes and cities bursting with cultural heritage.

And while the weather may leave a little to be desired, the beaches north of the English border are some of the most stunning in the world.

Visit Scotland boss Malcolm Roughead said: "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.

"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 [visitors] can't experience anywhere else in the world."

Surprisingly, Australia didn't even make it into the top 20, although our neighbours in New Zealand made it into third place.

Canada just missed out on the number one spot, coming in as the world's second most beautiful country.

Rounding out the top five was Italy in fourth place and South Africa in fifth.

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