Scotland ‘must see’ tourist destination for 2019

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By Nathan Morley

Scotland’s Highlands and Islands have earned their place as one of the top must-see destinations in the world in 2019.

Travel authority, Lonely Planet, said that the regions have been listed amongst its top 10 ‘Best in Travel’ destinations for 2019 – the only Scottish destinations to be included.

“It’s fantastic to see the Highlands and Islands receive recognition for its breath-taking scenery, history and heritage,” said  Fiona Hyslop the Tourism Secretary.

Described in the new guide as “one of the wildest, least inhabited and most scenic parts of Europe,” Scotland’s Highlands and Islands have, for decades, attracted visitors from around the world, who are drawn to their unparalleled scenery, unique culture and wildlife; a wide variety of outdoor pursuits and extreme sports, including surfing, diving and skiing; a range of attractions, welcoming locals and delicious local food and drink.

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Last month the Telegraph reported that a £1 per person per night tourist tax must be introduced in the Scottish Highlands to prevent people from being put off from visiting, a Highland councillor has advised MSPs.

Bill Lobban told Scottish Parliament’s Tourism Committee that the six million annual visitors to the region are putting excessive pressure on roads and parking, plus stretching amenities such as public toilets.

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