Rough Guide has released an updated list of the most beautiful countries in the world, as voted for by their readers.
The travel company— known for their guides, e-books, and blog — listed the top 20 destinations on their website on Monday.
The list includes everything from stunning tropical landscapes like Indonesia and Vietnam, to icy retreats such as Norway and Finland.
Surprisingly, the number one spot was claimed to somewhere a little closer to home — Scotland.
England, Ireland, and Wales also made the top 20 list thanks to their “romantic” rural landscapes and historic sites.
Scroll on to see the 20 most beautiful countries in the world, as votes for by Rough Guide readers, alongside stunning photos which justify each country’s place on the list.
This article originally appeared in Business Insider.
Rough Guides readers were won over by Peru’s eclectic and varied landscapes — with everything from the stripey peaks of Rainbow Mountain, the perilous steps of the ancient Inca Trail, leafy rainforests, snow-capped summits, and many deserts, Peru has it all.
What’s more, Peru made it onto Business Insider’s recent list of 100 trips everyone should take in their lifetime, according to the world’s leading travel experts— proving that it really is a must-see getaway, regardless of what you’re going in search of.
This small European country is has an endless number of historical and cultural sites that will leave visitors reaching for the camera.
Whether it’s the mirrored waters of Lake Bled — a glacial lake equipped with hot springs and a tiny, church-topped islet, or the stunning, baroque architecture lining the streets of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. Slovenia’s natural landscapes partnered with its unique national identity makes the country one of the most beautiful places in the world, according to Rough Guides readers.
Described on the Visit Wales website as “epic”, Wales’ trademarks hills and lush valleys are truly the stuff “of Legends” to Rough Guides readers.
In addition, the number of castles, heritage sites, and quaint villages add to rather than interrupt the vast landscape of wild greens and cool stone.
Each state’s varying and characteristic landscape makes the USA the ninth most beautiful country in the world, according to Rough Guides readers.
Boasting peaks to canyons, metropoles to wastelands, there are few places across the vast nation that aren’t worth getting the camera out for — especially national parks and landmarks such as the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, which are “protected for posterity with the world’s best national park system” according to one Rough Guide reader.
England climbed to seventh place in the Rough Guides’ reader ranking, thanks to its stunning coastlines and historic sites. Visitors can take a bus ride along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, or visit the fossil beaches in Cornwall or the Isle of Wight to find their own piece of preserved, national history to take home.
Culture, community, history, and natural beauty all meet in this European nation, with one Rough Guides reader picking up on the romance that floats through the air in the small towns and vast cities alike.
Each with their characteristic styles and ways of life, Italy’s many regions all boast their own variations of Italian food, language, culture, and landscape.
Canada’s vast wilderness includes world renowned, waterfall-haven Niagra Falls and lake-filled Banff National Park in the Rocky mountains.
Rough Guides praises the North American country for its “raw beauty and majestic landscapes”, which its readers ranked the second most beautiful country in the world.
Landing the top spot and the title of most beautiful country in the world, it is Scotland’s ragged hills and heathered highlands that won over Rough Guides readers.
In the list that reveals the top 20 most beautiful countries, as voted for by its readers, Rough Guides states: “Who can deny that these wild beaches, deep lochs and craggy castles are some of the most wonderful and beautiful sights in the world?”