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from The British Tourists or Traveller's Pocket Companion, through England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. (1798-1800) S0269b20

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The History of Scottish Tourism

Evolution of Scottish Tourism

Scotland's picturesque landscape, sporting opportunities, history, and impact on art and literature has substantially influenced travellers to select this country as their destination of choice. Although travellers have been admiring the grandeur of Scotland for more than three centuries, its reputation as a fashionable tourist locale only substantially emerged in the mid-nineteenth century.

The transcendence of the Scottish tourism industry can be attributed to a combination of coinciding factors, including Romantic art and literature, admiration from Queen Victoria, and technological advancements of the Industrial Revolution. Over the past three centuries, tourism has brought great prosperity to Scotland and its people, and continues to be a substantial contributor to the Scottish economy.