The Highlands and Islands are one of the top travel destinations, according to Lonely Planet.
The travel authority today (Tuesday 23 October) named the region as one of the top 10 Best In Travel destinations for 2019, praising the distillery experience, purpose-built campervan parking and designer cottages.
The Highlands and Islands are the only Scottish destinations to be included in the list.
The guide stated: "Whisky is the essence of the Highlands and islands, a thousand years of history and culture distilled. And whisky is experiencing a boom not seen since the 1890s: no fewer than 20 new distilleries opened in Scotland in the past two years, and at least 20 more will open by 2020.
"The distillery experience – learning about terroir, technique and tasting – is a great introduction to one of the wildest, least inhabited and most scenic parts of Europe. And its innovative and fast-developing accommodation sector, from purpose-built campervan parking spots to designer cottages modelled on ancient buildings, makes visiting remote areas easier than ever."
In response to the addition of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel, Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “It’s fantastic to see the Highlands and Islands receive recognition for its breath-taking scenery, history and heritage.
“From its wide range of distilleries and tourist attractions, to its beautiful islands and iconic landmarks, I am sure the Lonely Planet’s support for the Highlands and Islands will help to inspire and captivate the imaginations of new visitors.”