Lonely Planet picks out secluded Shetland retreats

Tuesday, 2 November 2010 4:55 PM

Lonely Planet has made its top picks for 2011 and you don’t have to scour the globe to find the best spots, with several Scottish destinations making the grade. Shetland, Edinburgh and Glasgow were all named in the Best in Travel 2011 guide.

Adventurous mini-break travellers are encouraged to discover Shetland, with the Northern Scottish outpost singled out by Lonely Planet as last untamed corner of the UK.

Lonely Planet spokesman Tom Hall commented: “We’ve singled out a little-known but beautiful and rewarding corner of the UK as a must-see next year. The Shetland Islands have a huge amount to offer wildlife-watchers, outdoor enthusiasts and culture buffs.”

Elsewhere, Glasgow was ranked as one of the world’s top comeback cities and Edinburgh joined London as one of the world’s artistic hot-spots, meaning Brits don’t need to head abroad for a world-class cultural city break.

Other Lonely Planet recommendations for 2011 include Whitby, North Yorkshire, which is becoming a prime pilgrimage point for Dracula fans.

To see the other worldwide tips for 2011, visit: www.lonelyplanet.com

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