EDINBURGH is “the most gothic city outside Transylvania”, according to a top travel guide.
Lonely Planet’s list of the hottest travel spots for 2014 named Scotland third, ahead of the likes of Sweden, the Seychelles and Malaysia.
The placing in the guide was hailed as a “fantastic seal of approval” by national tourism body VisitScotland.
Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 guide concluded events such as the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Year of Homecoming and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles make Scotland the place to be in the coming year.
Guide contributor Tom Hall said: “The country’s buzzing cities and stunning scenery, combined with an incredible calendar and Scotland looks set for a year-long celebration.”