York­shire, Scot­land top draws next year

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 -

YORK­SHIRE and Scot­land have been cho­sen among the top places in the world to visit next year in a book­let by travel guide com­pany Lonely Planet.

Scot­land was voted the thirdbest coun­try to go to next year in a list headed by Brazil, with Antarc­tica sec­ond. York­shire came third in the list of top 10 world re­gions for next year.

The guide said Scot­land, which hosts next sum­mer’s Com­mon­wealth Games as well as golf ’s Ry­der Cup, had “never looked so good”.

Lonely Planet de­scribes Ed­in­burgh as “the most gothic city out­side Tran­syl­va­nia” and en­cour­ages trav­ellers to “take the high road to Loch Lomond, Loch Ness and Cairn­gorms Na­tional Park and fall in love with the land­scape that in­spired poet Robert Burns”.

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 con­trib­u­tor Tom Hall said: “Next year Scot­land will be wellde­servedly tak­ing the spot­light on the world stage.

“The coun­try’s buzzing cities and stun­ning scenery have plenty to of­fer visi­tors, com­bined with an in­cred­i­ble cal­en­dar of events, and Scot­land looks set for a year-long cel­e­bra­tion.”

Al­lud­ing to the Olympics suc­cess of UK com­peti­tors from York­shire, the guide said of the north­ern Eng­land county: “If the good peo­ple of York­shire were proud of their her­itage be­fore, the 2012 Lon­don Olympics only served to ce­ment what they have al­ways thought: that their county is bet­ter than – and re­ally the best of – all the English coun­ties.”

The guide went on: “In 2014, this wel­com­ing re­gion of rugged moor­lands, her­itage homes and cosy pubs will be able to hold its head even higher when the Tour de France be­gins its grand de­part from Leeds.”

With foot­ball World Cup host Brazil be­ing seen as the best coun­try to visit next year, the Sikkim area of In­dia was cho­sen as the best re­gion to go to.

Paris was the top city in a list that also in­cluded Cape Town, Shang­hai and Chicago, while the Greek is­lands were seen as the best­value des­ti­na­tion.

Best fam­ily travel spot was Den­mark, while Cap­pado­cia in Turkey with its “fairy chim­ney” land­scape was the best honey­moon des­ti­na­tion. Other UK men­tions in­clude: Cav­ern Club in Liver­pool: This is where it all be­gan for The Bea­tles and one of the places, with Abbey Road record­ing stu­dios in north­west Lon­don, be­ing listed as a des­ti­na­tion where the 50th an­niver­sary of Beatle­ma­nia could best be cel­e­brated.

York Min­ster: The cathe­dral makes it into a list of the top 10 global “sights to make you feel small”.

Sav­ile Row, Lon­don: One of the best places to get dressed for suc­cess.

As­ton Martin in Scot­land: The com­bi­na­tion of car and coun­try add up to one of the best world-clas­sic car rides. – Daily Mail

FESTIVE: The Scott Mon­u­ment in Ed­in­burgh. The city is known as Fes­ti­val City as ev­ery year it hosts eight sum­mer fes­ti­vals.

DRAW­CARD: The cob­bled road from Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle to Holy­rood­house in Scot­land is known as the Royal Mile.

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