The romantic pictures of Scotland attract tourists to this day, mostly created by Walter Scott by hand through his works.
Walter Scott, a prominent 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 why, he is known as the inventor of the tourism industry here.
On a day at the end of October, Sarah Baxter, a British journalist, decided to go on a journey in the footsteps of 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, female tourists travel south to the Borders Railway. Before the route was closed in the 1960s and partially reopened in 2015, it was called Waverley Lins – after Scott’s hugely popular novel.
The next female tourist destination is Peebles, a town located in the west with houses with traditional architecture. There is a dilapidated house here that has been rebuilt. Many believe it to be 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 compose 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. The current estate has decreased significantly, but the fortified castle is located in the center of the estate. Today, it is known as the oldest house in Scotland, inside it contains many priceless artifacts such as ancient embroidery paintings to the bed of Queen Mary of Scotland. Here, visitors can visit the brewery, and enjoy cool beer. This is also the place where baron Scott once visited to meet female writer Lady Louisa Stuart. The next generation believes that the two secretly dated.
The place that everyone is most eager to visit, including Baxer is the Abbotsford, a historic building and home to the great poet. Looking back, the castle is as beautiful as in a fairy tale setting.
“He’s the starter of Scotland’s tourism. Everyone wants to go see the places he’s written,” said Hamish, Baxter’s tour guide, introducing the celebrity as he guided visitors through the library. vast by Scott. This is the place to display his historical works.
Melrose Abbey, not far away, was one of Scott’s special favorites. He oversaw the restoration of this 12th-century ruin and included it in his novels, especially The Monastery, published exactly 200 years ago. Not far away is Eildon Hill, where there are beautiful steep mounds described by Scott as “the beautiful mountains”. Scott has gone away, but the romance he sowed on these stunning landscapes still attracts tourists.