Coach Lamp
Glencoe Folk Museum

The Highlands was one of the first UK tourist destinations, with tours of the region beginning in earnest from the 1750s. At this time, war in Europe prevented the wealthier classes from partaking of the Grand Tour to expand their education. Visiting Scotland was seen as a suitable alternative. Queen Victoria further popularised travel to the Highlands from the 1870s.

This lamp was taken from the Glencoe stagecoach which was one part of organised tours of the region. At Ballachulish, tourists could then pick up a train to Oban, before taking the ferry to the Isle of Mull via the MacBrayne ferry terminal in Oban.

It was the development of travel that made tours of the Highlands faster as well as safer. Many visitors were keen to see Glencoe, drawn to the area which was noted for its sublime beauty and qualities of the ‘picturesque’. Later, it was also connected with mountaineering and winter sports.

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Date: 1900-1920
Materials : Metal, Glass
Size : 45cm x 17cm

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