Shetland shines as 2011’s Best in Travel

  • 1 November 2010
  • UK

The Shetland Islands have been listed as one of the top regions in the world to visit in 2011. Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011 singles out the ‘last untamed corner of the UK’ for special praise, advising ‘adventurous travellers to step this way’.

Lonely Planet’s annual guide to the 2011’s hottest journeys, destinations and experiences has a distinctly Scottish theme to it. Glasgow is ranked as one of the world’s top comeback cities and Edinburgh is spotlighted as an artistic destination. The Shetland Islands are listed as one of the top ten regions to visit next year.

Lonely Planet spokesman Tom Hall commented: ‘This year’s picks for Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011reflect the passion for discovery that our readers have. It’s no surprise then that 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.’

Other parts of the UK also made the cut. London joins Edinburgh as one of the world’s artistic hot-spots. The book also notes that vampire-spotting is one of the hot new trends for 2011, with Whitby, North Yorkshire a prime pilgrimage point for Dracula fans.

Highlights of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011 include:

– Chapters covering Lonely Planet’s top country, city and region picks for 2011, ranked in order for the first time and voted for by a panel of expers including Lonely Planet co-founder Tony Wheeler. The winners? Albania, Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula and New York City.

– 17 top travel lists bringing the best travel experiences and the key trends for 2011 including super-luxe travel, best value destinations and the best places for dance fever.

For further details please contact Tom Hall:Tel: +44 (0) 20 7106 2153