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Press Release   •   May 23, 2018 12:20 BST

Seilebost, Luskentyre Sands, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides.

VisitScotland creates a top 10 list of locations in Scotland where you can capture a snap to make it look as if you’re somewhere abroad.

There’s bound to be an epidemic of fear of missing out (FOMO) spreading across the country this summer, as Twitter and Instagram feeds become swamped with pictures of friends and family enjoying themselves on their summer holidays.

For those who are looking for somewhere different to explore, rather than sailing around St Tropez or getting away to the Galapagos, they need look no further. VisitScotland has revealed a list of the top places closer to home where you too can give your friends holiday envy, without even leaving the country, in a newly commissioned list of ‘Top 10 Scottish staycation spots to rival Instagram’s hotspots’.

Whether you’re interested in a walking holiday that trumps the Peruvian Andes, a beach to beat a sandy Greek Island coast, or some ‘Scandi style architecture’ to admire, Scotland really does have something for everyone on Britain’s doorstep, but not many Brits have discovered them yet.

The list consists of 10 different locations right across Scotland – from Shetland to Dumfries and Galloway – that bear an uncanny resemblance to iconic international destinations. For travellers visiting any of these locations, their followers will be desperate to know which exotic spot they’re in and travellers can be all the more smug when it’s revealed it’s only a train ride away.

The Top 10 list in full is:

Scottish location Abroad location
Glen Coe, Highlands Rainbow Mountain, Peru
Iona, Inner Hebrides Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece
Seilebost, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides Chaweng, Koh Samui, Thailand
The Shore in Leith, Edinburgh Copenhagen, Denmark
Northern Lights, Shetland Northern Lights in Arctic Norway
The SECC, Glasgow Sydney Opera House, Australia
Ramsay Gardens, Edinburgh Vienna Old Town, Austria
Logan Botanic Garden, Dumfries & Galloway Mandore Gardens, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
The Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland
Smoo Cave, Durness Blue Cave, Croatia

The list has been created to celebrate the fact that Brits are a nation of Staycation lovers, according to a recent survey* and to encourage Brits to discover the beauty in Scotland this summer.



Notes to Editors

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