The 10 best moments for Scottish tourism revealed

With millions of visitors each year and some of the world’s most iconic attractions, it’s not surprising that Scotland has seen it’s fair share of incredible moments in its tourism history.

Revealed: the greatest moments in Scottish tourism

The country’s tourism organisation, VisitScotland, rang in its 50th anniversary with a public poll to decide on Scotland’s best tourism moments in history. Here are the results, with the moments listed in order of highest votes first.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was named the greatest moment for Scottish tourism in the last 50 years. The huge event brought around 690,000 visitors to the country and received great acclaim.

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Scotlands historic castles, pristine lochs and heather-clad mountains trumped the picturesque landscapes of Canada, New Zealand and Finland when it was named the world's most beautiful country by Rough Guide readers in 2017.
You can't talk about Scotland abroad without someone bringing up the 1995 blockbuster Braveheart. Scottish warrior Sir William Wallace was brought to life by Mel Gibson and won five Academy Awards including the Oscar for Best Picture.
Recognising the importance of tourism to the UK economy, The Development of the Tourism Act (1969) came into effect on 25 July 1969 and created an official Scottish Tourist Board, now named VisitScotland.
The Glasgow event was the third of five National Garden Festivals - and the only one to take place in Scotland. Held in the city from 26 April - 26 September 1988, it was the most successful of the National Garden Festivals.
Two years after the Garden Festival, Glasgow became European City of Culture in 1990. This was regarded as a game changer for the city and launched Glasgow into the cultural spotlight.
The Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park was designated as such under the National Parks (Scotland) Act 2000, which was one of the first pieces of legislation to be passed by the Parliament.
The North Coast 500 is a 516-mile scenic route around the north coast of Scotland. It begins and ends at Inverness Castle. The run of the route includes Gairloch, Durobin Castle and Dingwall.
The Outlander series focuses on modern-day British nurse Claire Randall, who time travels to 18th-century Scotland and finds adventure and romance with the dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser.
In November 1995, low cost air travel was introduced for the people of Scotland. That November marked Easyjet's first excursion into commercial air travel when it took passengers from Luton to Glasgow.