This world of ours is filled with craggy coastlines and lush jungles just begging to be explored, but some countries are bound to fuel your wanderlust more than others. Rough Guides, a travel and guidebook publishing company, asked its globetrotting readers to help determine the most aesthetically-pleasing country in the world through a poll, and the masses have spoken: Scotland has been named the fairest of them all.
With its breathtaking ocean vistas, seemingly endless rolling hills and enough history to make your head spin, it’s no wonder why it placed first. Those Scots are lucky folks, for sure, but so are we here in Canada. In fact, our nation snagged the second spot on the list. (We already know how beautiful our country is, but it’s still nice to hear it from others.) Additional jaw-dropping destinations rounding out the top five include New Zealand, Italy and South Africa.
If you need convincing that Scotland is worthy of that number one spot, these stunning photos should do it.
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Castles galoreThere's a whole lot of 'em to explore, and each one will seem more timeless than the last.Shutterstock
Seriously, so many castlesAnd they're absolutely magical.Shutterstock
Windy roadsWith views like these, the journey -- whether you bike, walk or drive -- really is the destination. Pro tip: Rent a sports car.Shutterstock
Charming fishing villagesPortree gives Canada's Maritime provinces a run for their money. Shutterstock
Rolling farmlandIf you've ever dreamed of having a perfect picnic, it was probably set somewhere like this.Shutterstock
Really old churchesThe St. Giles Cathedral is just one of Scotland's many jaw-dropping churches that are rich in history.Shutterstock
The HighlandsIt's like stepping into a postcard... or into Outlander.Shutterstock
Cobblestone streetsNo matter what time of day it is, the streets in Edinburgh are truly a sight to behold.Shutterstock
Steam trainsChug over the picturesque Glenfinnan railway viaduct for breathtaking views.Shutterstock
WaterfallsForget the most beautiful place on earth, Scotland might just be the most beautiful place in the universe. Shutterstock
Epic sunsetsWhen the sun is shining, practically every nook and cranny of Scotland is as stunning as this.Shutterstock
As well as sunrisesIt's worth that early alarm clock sounding off. Shutterstock
National nature reservesPettico Wick Bay will break your Instagram -- no filter needed.Shutterstock