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THE GREATEST PLACE TAY BE; DESIGN MUSEUM MAKES IT INTO TOP 100 Time magazine urges tourists to take a trip to the V&A.

Byline: JAMES MONCUR j.moncur@dailyrecord.co.uk

DUNDEE'S V&A museum has been listed as one of the world's must-see visitor destinations.

It's been joined by the Macallan distillery, in Speyside, on Time magazine's hugely respected The World's Greatest Places 2019 list.

They were just two of three UK destinations chosen by the prestigious publication and were in the company of some of the most stunning locations on the planet.

These included: The Statue of Unity, in Gujarat, India; Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia; the Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo' and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland California.

Time reviewers called the "famed" V&A the "cornerstone of a more than $1billion plan to revitalise the city, a one-time industrial powerhouse now struggling with high unemployment." It added: "Renowned architect Kengo Kuma designed the modern building to mimic Scotland's iconic cliffs.

"The free museum - the first in Scotland for design - opened in 2018 and tells the story of the country's design history, with highlights including Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Oak Room. It welcomed its 500,000th visitor in March."

Describing the Macallan Distillery, it said: "If The Lord of the Rings' Hobbiton were colonised by aliens, it might look something like the new PS140million Macallan distillery and visitors' centre, which opened in June and put the Scottish Highlands on the architectural map.

"The undulating grass rooftops and stone paths fringed with wildflowers evoke some distant Celtic past, while the 69ft-high ceilings, whirring machinery and a hovering UFO-like Scotch bar (where you can pony up for the Macallan M or the Macallan '52, among some 950 other bottles) root you squarely in the 21st century.

"So do the barrel-nosing stations and a glass-wall display of an archive comprising 398 bottles, nine decanters and nine flasks. Avoid drinking on an empty stomach by grabbing a bite at the on-site restaurant."

V&A Dundee director Philip Long said he was "thrilled" to be included on the list, adding: "It is a great recognition of the efforts of everyone who has worked on V&A Dundee, particularly as we are one of very few museums around the world to receive this honour.

Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop added: "This is a fantastic achievement for both the V&A Dundee and Macallan Distillery.

"Both attractions represent the very best of Scotland's tourism experience."

Attractions on visit list Some of Time magazine's 100 places to visit: ? Geosea Geothermal Sea Baths in Husavik, Iceland ? Camp Adventure in Ronnede, Denmark ? Mori Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan STARS QUALITY Galaxy's Edge ? Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland in Anaheim, California ? SFER IK in Tulum, Mexico ? Mata Ki Te Rangi International Dark Sky Sanctuary in Pitcairn Islands ? Chillida Leku in Hernani, Spain ? Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar, Senegal ? Central Library in Calgary, Canada ? National Kaohsiung Center ? Pohoiki in Isaac Hale Beach Park in Big Island, Hawaii ? VAC Library in Hanoi, Vietnam ? Fabrica de Arte Cubano in Havana, Cuba ? Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California for the Arts in Kaohsiung, Taiwan? Helsinki Central Library Oodi in Helsinki, Finland ? The Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma ? Zakouma National Park in Chad ? Teatro Galli in Rimini, Italy ? Quranic Park in Dubai, UAE ? Zealandia in Wellington, New Zealand ? Gorongosa National Park in Sofala, Mozambique ? The Shed in New York City ? Liechtenstein Trail PARTY PALACE Hearst Castle

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