I was listening to a piece on the radio today about B&B's and it made me think,when did tourism in Ireland become common. Europe had the Grand tour for the rich/ nobility from the mid 17th century until the mid 19th when travel became easier with trains. Did Ireland feature in much travel from that era and how was the country recorded?
From the mid 19th century as train tracks were laid across the country it brought the possibility of tourism to the middle classes amongst other things. I thought it might be interesting to try and look at how tourism was developed both pre-independence and since. i.e. how did hotels develop and for whom and where? when did B&B's start. How were areas promoted, locally or nationally? When did heritage become part of the attraction? And who were the first touring visitors?
Its quite a light topic but could be interesting, any sources and relevent information welcomed.