Amazing places: Elgol on Skye in Scotland.

Scotland voted the most beautiful country in the world

One of the latest lists of the world’s most beautiful countries has been announced by Rough Guides – and Scotland takes the top position! We are not in the least bit surprised because we live here and know just how stunning our country is.

If you’ve been thinking about taking a trip in a campervan or motorhome in Scotland, we imagine this top rating from a leading travel guide company might well persuade you to finally start planning your trip.

Scotland was voted above Canada and New Zealand as the world’s most beautiful country.

It is the “wild beaches, deep lochs and craggy castles” that gave Scotland the boost to take the top spot.

The travel guide said: “Add in thousands of years of history, more delicious whisky than you could taste in a lifetime and excellent golfing, hiking and biking trails and you’ve got a very special place indeed.”

Scotland’s first place was followed by Canada in second place and New Zealand in third place. The list was voted for by travellers via Rough Guides’ social channels.

In another vote, Scotland’s Highlands and islands also scored a fifth place in the best of the regions.

The country was described by Rough Guide as “one of the wildest, least inhabited and most scenic parts of Europe”.

5 places to visit this summer on you Scottish road trip

Isle of Harris and one of the many stunning beaches. Credit: Sunnydesert

1. The Outer Hebrides

The Outer Hebribes is a stunning chain of islands on the west coast of Scotland. It offers a huge variety of landscapes, from wide white sandy beaches to myriad lochans and rugged hills.

Take your time to explore these islands, meet the people and enjoy a walk or a bike ride on the wild side.

Stac Pollaidh, Sutherland. Credit: Mehmet Karatay

2. Sutherland

This is a vast area of the Scottish Highlands that is under-populated with humans and filled with wildlife, historical gems and plenty of culture.

The skies are huge and the scenery is mesmerising. Just drive and stop off wherever you fancy, but do make sure you visit some of the stunning beaches. This is why a motorhome or campervan hire is the best option for Scotland, as it allows you complete freedom to stop anywhere that impresses you.

Tour the South West Coastal 300.
Tour the South West Coastal 300. Ailsa Craig

3. Dumfries & Galloway

An area of Scotland so often overlooked is the south-west. Why not drive the South West Coastal 300 (link to south west coast 300 blog) to see the best of this quiet must-visit destination?

Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire. Credit: Ikiwaner

4. Aberdeenshire

Too often overlooked as people head to the centre of the Highlands, Aberdeenshire is a great place to enjoy a combination of coast, rolling landscapes and castles. There are so many castles you won’t know where to start. In fact, why not follow Scotland’s Castle Trail?

Another great route is the North East 250. Read our guide to travelling the NE250 by campervan or motorhome.

5. Speyside

Many people come to Scotland for the whisky. And why not? It’s our country’s most famous drink. But where should you visit for the best whisky?

It depends on your tastes, but for a variety of great whisky and distilleries to see, The Malt Whisky Trail on Speyside is an excellent choice.

Book a campervan hire early

Open Road Scotland has a range of campervans and motorhomes to hire in Scotland and conveniently located close to Glasgow Airport in Central Scotland. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. If you plan to visit Scotland this summer, we advise that you book your hire as early as possible to avoid disappointment.