The man “invented” Scotland tourism

The romantic pictures of Scotland attract tourists to this day, mostly created by Walter Scott by hand through his works.

Walter Scott, an eminent novelist and poet of 19th century literature, has inspired tourists to visit Scotland early. Romantic images of Scotland still attract tourists to this day, mostly created by Scott. That is the reason, he is known as the inventor of the tourism industry here.

On a day at the end of October, Sarah Baxter, British journalist decided to go on a journey following Scott, to visit places that stick with this famous character.

Baxter began the trip from Old Town, Edinburgh. In 1771, in the apartment on the third floor of College North, a small alley leading from Cowgate Street to the gate of the University of Edinburgh today, Walter Scott was born. Today, this area has been demolished, replaced by the large halls of the university. From the capital, women travel south to the Borders Railway. Before the route was closed in the 1960s and partially reopened from 2015, it was called Waverley Lins – after Scott’s hugely popular novel.

The next female tourist destination is Peebles, a town in the west with houses with traditional architecture. There is a dilapidated house here that has been rebuilt. Many believe it was built on the tomb of St. Nicholas. Along the Tweed River, Baxter soon arrived at Neidpath Castle. Scott also visited the castle – the place that inspired him to write the poem The Maid of Neidpath (The Maid of Neidpath). Standing from the castle, you can see the Manor valley in front of you, where the Tweed River has a gentle, flowing black water color. Going east of the Tweed River is the town of Innerleithen. Most of the land here is owned by Traquair Estate, where royal hunting was established in the 12th century.