Bond movie set to attract more visitors to Scotland
If you're keen to get away from it all this January but are worried that your finances won't quite stretch to an overseas trip then why not consider a winter break in Scotland?
Because although you will still have to pay for travel insurance
, train tickets and accommodation, the cash saved on flights can make a real difference and make your money go a lot further on your holiday.
And just because you're not too far away from home doesn't mean that you won't be in for an exciting and action-packed trip, as Scotland offers everything from rugged scenery and world-class sports events to music festivals and outward bound sports.
In fact, so great are the attractions of Scotland that US broadcasting network CNN has named Scotland its top travel destination for 2013.
Among the many reasons to visit Scotland, CNN Travel cited the dramatic highlands countryside featured in the most recent James Bond film and the "pristine lochs and haunting glens" on Scottish trails.
It said of Scotland: "Anyone who saw the 2012 James Bond thriller Skyfall walked away wishing they too could race through Scotland’s dramatic countryside and hide out in its misty Highlands."
CNN Travel also pointed out that Scotland will host a number of outdoor events and special deals this year all based around its natural beauty including the Dumfries & Galloway Wildlife Festival, the HebCelt music festival, Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight and the Open golf tournament.
Visitors to the country may also enjoy taking a hike down some of Scotland's great trails, which run the length of the country and feature breathtaking scenery.
"Undoubtedly the global success of Brave and the awe-inspiring images of Scotland in Skyfall will have whetted the appetite of many potential visitors from home and around the world," said Mike Cantlay, chairman of VisitScotland.
"Throughout 2013 we must capitalise on this success and position the majesty and magnificence of natural Scotland on the world stage."
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