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Travel & Tourism

Travel & Tourism

Tourism started in the early eighteenth century when it became fashionable to visit the Falls of Clyde. Painters like Turner immortalized the Falls of Clyde. Poets and writers, including Wordsworth, Coleridge and Dickens, all visited the Falls of Clyde. By the beginning of the 19th Century an additional attraction was New Lanark. People from all over Britain and Europe came to see what David Dale and Robert Owen had achieved. What particularly interested them was Robert Owen’s new vision for society.

In the twentieth century a variety of new attractions brought tourists to Lanark. These included Lanark Loch, Lanark Races and Lanark Golf Course.

One off events also bought new visitors. Of these events the most important was the Lanark Aviation Week of August 6th – 13th 1910 when 320,000 people came to see Scotland’s first aviation show. Then in 1913 the first Motor Show – a motor gymkhana – took place on Lanark Race Course. This was organized by Lanark’s first garage owner W.H. Cox.

Towards the end of the twentieth century William Wallace became a major attraction to tourists visiting Lanark especially from 1997-2005 when a number of events were held to commemorate William Wallace’s connection with the town.

Transport played a major part in getting people to Lanark whether it was by coach, train, bus or car. Of all these the train has played the most significant part.

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