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Travel Lemming names Inverness among world’s 50 best places to travel to in 2024

By Scott Maclennan

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The view from Ness Bridge. Picture: James Mackenzie.
The view from Ness Bridge. Picture: James Mackenzie.

The popular online travel guide Travel Lemming has ranked Inverness at number 40 on its annual list of best places to travel in the world ahead of other gems such as Sorrento in Italy and the village of Takayama in the “Japanese Alps.”

The top five places according to the US-based online travel guide read by more than 10 million travellers are – Yucatán, Mexico; Gizo, Solomon Islands; Stavanger, Norway; Antigua, Guatemala and Memphis, Tennessee.

Being placed at number 40 is quite a feat given the only other places from the UK made this year’s list – the first was one of the country’s major cities and a whole country with Manchester at 15 and in Wales at 19 – the full list can be found here.

The annual list highlights emerging destinations and hidden gems around the world with the report calling Inverness “one of Scotland’s most captivating cities” that leaves visitors “awe-struck by its cultural experiences and architecture”.

Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. Picture: Gair Fraser.
Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness. Picture: Gair Fraser.

It cites setting out to find the Loch Ness Monster, viewing Inverness Castle, and learning about Scottish legends at the Flora MacDonald statue among the activities visitors should prioritise.

The list is a collaborative project of the publication’s team of more than 35 travel writers and editors. Travel Lemming’s local travel experts each nominate their favourite destinations for consideration by the publication's editorial board.

Alan Rawlinson, Business Development Manager at Visit Inverness Loch Ness, commented on Inverness’s ranking: “We are delighted that Inverness Loch Ness has been chosen as one of the top 50 places to travel in 2024 by Travel Lemming.

“Inverness Loch Ness is the perfect all year round destination where the city meets the great outdoors that offers history, nature, culture, fun activities, amazing visitor attractions, varied accommodation options and excellent food and drink.

He added: “We look forward to welcoming you to Inverness Loch Ness and the Scottish Highlands.”

The top 10 places to travel in 2024 according to Travel Lemming are:

1 – Yucatán, Mexico

2 – Gizo, Solomon Islands

3 – Stavanger, Norway

4 – Antigua, Guatemala

5 – Memphis, Tennessee

6 – Phú Quốc, Vietnam

7 – St. John’s, Canada

8 – Kodiak, Alaska

9 – Guatapé, Colombia

10 – Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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