If only life in Scotland were as lovely as the views | Kevin McKenna


Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world by Rough Guide readers. How shameful, then, that so few of its citizens can afford to appreciate it

In Scotland’s recent history, there have been few more glorious periods than these last few weeks. The grand new Queensferry Crossing across the Forth was opened to global acclaim and a few days later Scotland was voted the most beautiful country in the world by readers of the Rough Guide series of travel books.

The New York Times serenaded Glasgow with an article that told its readers about the delights of spending 36 hours in the city. And over the course of five days the international football team won two games without conceding a goal that allowed the nation to dream for a few weeks that we might qualify for a World Cup. Short of outright independence, it’s difficult to see how many more cherries we could fit into our bowl.

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