According to ScotlandNow, in 2014 a record number of foreign tourists visited Scotland in the first six months of 2014, with 1,118,000 international visits from January to June. The all time high is no wonder, though, when you take a look at the recent article published by Rough Guides of some spectacular Scottish highlights that are sure to keep visitors coming back again and again!
We hope you enjoy Rough Guides’s collection of breathtaking photos of Scottish scenery and landmarks…what gorgeous inspiration for Scottish travels!
Some highlights include…
The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, an eclectic and impressive museum, is an ideal place to wander and take in the sights of medieval artifacts and art works, Impressionist works, modern sculptures, and stained glass.
The Burrell Collection
Glen Coe(meaning “Weeping Valley”), a heartwrenchingly beautiful glen near Fort William. Nearly uninhabited, the area is perfect for hiking and exploring.
Scottish Pubs — After a long day of walking and exploring Scotland’s gorgeous scenery, a visit to one of its cozy pubs is the perfect way to unwind.
Sir Sean Connery, voted ‘The Greatest Living Scot,’ ‘Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure,’ People magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ of 1989 and in 1999, at age 69, ‘Sexiest Man of the Century.’
Scotland pulled in 26% of the vote to take the lead, with Australia taking second place with 16% and England taking third with 15%.
Bluebeards Revenge spokesperson Nick Gibbens said of the result, “When you look at the landscape, you know Scotland breeds a manly population. Geologically speaking, it is ancient, combining mountains, wilderness and Arctic landscape.
“Some of the toughest sports in the world are also played here. Who can overlook the Great Putt of the Inverness Stone at The Highland Games or the sport of Munro-Bagging that attracts only the brave and the hardy?
“Biking, hunting, sailing, and countless other manly sports are played here, often in adverse weather conditions that would deter the most avid sportsman.
“Scotland also produces around 90 per cent of all SAS members and is home to the deep fried mars bar, making it a very deserving winner of this coveted title.”
Other nominations for the award included the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Waverly Train Station Renewals in Edinburgh, the Shore Road Bridge Reconstruction, and the Glentarken Bridge. The award, first given in 1981, was established to showcase and honor the greatest achievements in Scottish engineering.
Convenor of the awards panel, Gordon Pomphrey, said: “There is no doubt that the Kelpies have quickly become another iconic must-see visitor attraction and will be an internationally recognised landmark for many years to come.”
Created by artist Andy Scott, the 30 meter horse head sculptures reside in Helix Park, while the Kelpies Maquettes, two sets of 1:10 scale models of the larger sculptures, rotate locations, having been displayed locally in Scotland and internationally.
ASF is proud to have helped bring the Kelpies Maquettes to Bryant Park during New York Scotland Tartan Week 2014.