Revealed: the most beautiful country

While Australia may abound in nature’s gifts of beauty rich and rare, this, sadly, is not enough to let us be crowned the world’s most beautiful country.

With social media and the ability to share photos only pushing the quest for picturesque travel destinations, Rough Guides has recently conducted a poll on the most beautiful countries in the world. And the results may take you by surprise.

Scotland has taken out the title of the world’s most beautiful country, thanks to its “wild beaches, deep lochs and craggy castles.” Of the win, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, Malcolm Roughead, commented: “we are delighted that Scotland has received this remarkable accolade from Rough Guide readers, but of course it will not be a surprise to anyone who has encountered our wonderful country.” Adding, “from our awe-inspiring landscapes to our remarkable historic attractions, to our bustling but beautiful urban centres, Scotland takes people’s breaths away.”


With Canada coming hot on Scotland’s heels in second place, our neighbours across the ditch completed the trifecta. Sadly, Australia did not feature in the top 10, or even top 20, which – bias aside – is highly debateable given our unique and varied landscapes.

Take a look at the world’s 20 most beautiful countries below and tell us what you think. Do you agree with the poll results of Rough Guides? What’s the most beautiful country you’ve ever visited?

  1. Scotland
  2. Canada
  3. New Zealand
  4. Italy
  5. South Africa
  6. Indonesia
  7. England
  8. Iceland
  9. United States
  10. Wales
  11. Slovenia
  12. Mexico
  13. India
  14. Finland
  15. Switzerland
  16. Peru
  17. Norway
  18. Ireland
  19. Croatia
  20. Vietnam

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Written by SJ


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