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Shetland among world's best sunrises, Lonely Planet says

Foula sunrise / Pic: Yolanda Bruce
Image caption The sunrise at Mousa is seen as one reason for the Shetland accolade

Shetland has one of the best seven sunrises in the world, according to the Lonely Planet travel guide.

It said: "The most northerly islands of the UK afford some of Europe's best sunrise views."

Mount Fuji in Japan and Mount Batur in Bali are among the guide's top seven.

Steve Mathieson, VisitScotland's island manager for Shetland, said: "This is a wonderful accolade and will hopefully encourage more visitors to come here and enjoy a stunning sunrise."

The Lonely Planet's entry for Shetland adds: "The remote beaches make the perfect spot for seeing the sun come up and we promise you'll be in sweet isolation, untroubled by tourist hordes.

"It's best to head here in early spring or late autumn for some sunrise action, as Shetland's northerly location means the sun spends just a few hours below the horizon in the summer months."

The other four sunrises on the list are Uluru in Australia, Inle Lake in Burma, America's Bryce Canyon, and Okavango Delta in Botswana.

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