THEY could take the high road or the low road - but in fact all roads will lead to Scotland next year.
Forget Canada, Costa Rica or the Cook Islands, Caledonia will be the place to be in 2014, according to the latest edition of the influential Lonely Planet's Best in Travel series.
We are ranked as one of the top three countries to visit - behind only Brazil, which will host the World Cup, and Antartica, one of the few places to knock our winters into a cocked hat.
The guide praises Glasgow and Edinburgh as top attractions, but also urges travellers to explore our scenery, insisting that they will fall in love with our landscape, a claim with which we can wholeheartedly concur.
There is plenty to keep visitors occupied next year - including Homecoming Scotland, a year-long celebration of everything that makes Scotland a top destination; 11 days of top sporting action in the form of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; golf's Ryder Cup, taking place in the breathtaking surroundings of Gleneagles, and the world-renowned Edinburgh Festivals.
All that and the small matter of an independence referendum; truly all eyes will be on Scotland in 2014.
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