Walking tourism is creating a buzz for Scottish economy

Published on : Friday, August 4, 2017

Scottish economyAs per the new report, walking tourists from different parts of the UK cost approximately £1.26 billion to the Scottish economy, be it succeeding 282 Munros or following the winding road along Scotland’s long-distance routes.


As per the figures represented by VisitScotland, the year 2015 witnessed more than four million trips from the UK alone wherein walking was an activity along with short walks (up to two miles) and long walks (a minimum of two miles) respectively. The long walks increased by almost a fifth (18 per cent) in 2016 respectively.


From the West Highland Way to the Great Glen Way, the Hebridean Way to the John Muir Way, Scotland is well-known for its long-distance walking routes, most of them pass through some of the gorgeous landscapes that the country treasures!


Side by side, the statistics pointed out those walking tours were most popular among 55-64 year old senior people while the millennials comprise 26 per cent of visitors taking part in the long walks.


Cameron McNeish, an author and TV presenter known as an authority on hillwalking explained that the reasons why Scotland remains a favorite place for the walkers are many.


“The hills may not be high in terms of world standards, but they’re tough little hills,” he said.


“They are also little hills you can climb in a day and be back and be back in the pub by tea-time, and that’s attractive to a lot of people. That’s where a lot of the money is spent. If you go on to some of the big mountain ranges in the world you tend to go into the mountains where there’s not so much to spend money on. Here in Scotland people generally climb the mountain in a day they get back down, they go to the pub or they go to a hotel, or whatever, and spend their money.”


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