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Scotland: clocking up the acclaims.

Everyone loves Scotland, or so it appears. With the Shetlands recently being rated amongst the top 10 regions in the world, and the Isle of Skye named as one of the top island destinations in Europe, beating sunny Sicily, it may come as no surprise to learn that Edinburgh is listed as one of the top 10 cities for artistic inspiration by the Lonely Planet Guide, reports the Mail.

'Scotland's literary output is phenomenal and most of its notable writers have been influenced by the capital,' said the guide, mentioning such literary legends as Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns. The publication also rated Edinburgh, with its ‘partner-swinging ceilidh dance’, as one of the 10 best places to move and groove. The Scottish capital has 'dance classes and ceilidhs for all levels of experience'.

Glasgow, not to be outdone by its archrival, also featured in the Guide as amongst the 10 greatest 'comeback cities'. The city's regeneration is a classic success story, where 'the once-grim River Clyde, heart of the city's post-World War Two slump, has morphed into its cultural focal point with museums replacing derelict docklands'.

Easy Jet fly from London Stansted to Glasgow.

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