National Geographic picks The Highlands as Best of the World 2023


The Scottish Highlands has been named as one of National Geographic’s ‘Best of the World’ destinations for 2023.

The publication revealed that the region is one of only two UK destinations to make the annual list.

It has been shortlisted in the nature category, alongside Botswana, Slovenia, Big Bend National Park in Texas and Azores.

In response to the Highlands addition to the National Geographic Best of the World line-up, 

Tourism Minister Ivan McKee said: “This is excellent news, Scotland continues to go from strength to strength in developing sustainable tourism and to be recognised alongside Botswana and the Azores reinforces that tourism and environmental protection can be developed alongside each other through strategic planning and appropriate interventions.

National Geographic’s “Best of the World 2023” list:

Culture

Appian Way, Italy

Busan, South Korea

Longmen Grottoes, Henan Province, China

Egypt

Charleston, South Carolina

Nature

Scottish Highlands

Botswana

Slovenia

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Azores

Adventure

New Zealand

Choquequirao, Peru

Utah

Austrian Alps

Revillagigedo National Park, Mexico

Community

Dodecanese Islands, Greece

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Alberta, Canada

Laos

Ghana

Family

Trinidad and Tobago

San Francisco, California

Colombia

Manchester, UK

Switzerland

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I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

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