THE SCOTTISH Highlands has been voted the best place to take a holiday in the WORLD for 2020, a study has found.
Despite the clouds of biting midges and heavy rainfall – with Fort William in the Highlands officially the wettest place in Britain, with 1,800mm of rainfall – just under 6ft – every year, the scenic region beat all comers.
It even pushed New York, the African plains and the Inca-trail to Machu Picchu off top spot to be crowned the best place to go in the world.
The research, in a poll of 2,000 seasoned travellers, by Wanderlust Magazine found that the Highlands had a 98 per cent ‘satisfaction rating.
Home to the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis at 4,411ft, and with a population of around 235,000, the Highlands cover 10,085 square miles.
Kyoto in Japan, famed for its historic temples and shrines, trailed in the wake of the Highlands by just one percent, gaining a 97 per cent satisfaction score.
New York only got a 91 per cent satisfaction score, with a trip to the plains of Namibia in Southern Africa getting a 96 per cent satisfaction rating.
The top world destinations – a mix of cities, regions and countries – were as follows, in terms of satisfactions scores following visits; 1 – Scottish Highlands – 98 per cent 2 – Kyoto, Japan – 97 per cent 3 – Namibia, Southern Africa- 96 per cent 4 – Inca trail to Machu Picchu, Peru – 96 per cent 5 – New Zealand – 96 per cent 6 – Vietnam – 94 per cent 7 – India – 93 per cent 8 – Amsterdam – 92 per cent 9 – New York – 91 per cent 10 – Vancouver, Canada – 91 per cent.