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Shane Warne and Liz Hurley Engaged in St Andrews

Shane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley have officially become engaged in Scotland. The former Australian Test cricketer proposed to actress Hurley last week in St Andrews, where he was taking part in the Alfred Dunhill Links golf tournament.

St Andrews in Scotland is already world-famous as the Home of Golf and the coastal town can also now claim to be the home of romance, with Prince William and Kate Middleton having met in St Andrews.

The small town with a big reputation is already a holiday hit all over the world, attracting more than half a million visitors every year. It is hoped that Warne and Hurley’s choice of engagement location, coupled with the royal romance will once again put St Andrews in the international spotlight and remind potential visitors just how much Scotland has to offer.

Denise Hill, Head of International Marketing for VisitScotland, said, “St Andrews is already known throughout the world as a must-visit destination for golfers but could also now be tipped as an engagement, wedding and honeymoon destination.”

“We hope to see an even greater increase in visitors coming to this magical coastal town for its many other great attributes, from the first class accommodation available to the romantic backdrops of St Andrews castle, cathedral and beautiful beaches.”

As the resting place of St Valentine, the marriage location for many celebrities, and the home of romantic poet Robert Burns, Scotland can easily be described as one of the most romantic locations in the world. Scotland’s majestic scenery and natural beauty, the history, myths and legends, the music and poetry, delicious fresh food and, of course, the national drink, makes the country the ultimate destination for a romantic getaway.

Celebrities have long helped cement Scotland’s reputation as the country of love by choosing to marry or propose there. From Madonna marrying Guy Ritchie in Dornoch in the Highlands of Scotland, to Stella McCartney marrying on the Isle of Bute, there are many reasons to travel to Scotland for romance.

One of Scotland’s cities can even claim the title of ‘City of Love’ as legend has it that the remains of St Valentine rest there. The Blessed John Duns Scotus Church in Glasgow’s Gorbals holds the Saint’s remains which were brought to the city in 269 AD by Franciscan monks who were impressed by the faith of the local people.

Romantic myths and traditions are abundant in Scotland. During the Middle Ages, Scottish men would pick a lady’s name from a ballot and pin it to his sleeve for the day. He and the lady would be partners for the day which sometimes led to marriage. It is thought the phrase ‘wearing your heart on your sleeve’ originated from this tradition.
Source = VisitBritain
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