first-class, generally include equal privileges on steamers and coaches. —
The English railway-companies issue tourist tickets to Scotland at reduced
rates, available for six months. — The Scottish 'Bradshaw' is Murray's
Time Tables (monthly; 3d.).
Coaches. The Highland coaches are, as a rule, excellently horsed,
and form a delightful means of seeing the country in fine weather. There
is invariably a keen competition for the box-seats; and travellers, on
reaching a point whence the journey is to be continued by coach, should
send one of the party as quickly as possible to secure good places. The
first coach, where there are more than one, suffers least from dust. The
driver expects a gratuity of Gd.-ls. 6d. according to the length of the drive.
— Posting, as in England (p. xxi\.
Steamers. There is probably nowhere a better service of pleasure
steamers than those which ply on the Clyde and along the W. coast of
Scotland; and they are certainly much superior to the English river
steamers. Most of them belong to Mr. David Macbrayne (119 Hope St., Glas¬
gow), who issues tickets for six days' sailing (31.), available on any of his
vessels (board included). The fares generally are very moderate, and the
restaurants on board excellent. — A small but exasperating annoyance in
steamboat travelling in Scotland is the constant demand for pier-dues (l-4d.)
on landing or embarking, as the piers usually belong to private owners.
III. Plan of Tour.
The regular 'Season' for a tour in Scotland is July and August, when,
however, the hotels are often over-crowded. June is in some respects one
of the pleasantest months ; but many of the circular tour tickets are not
issued, and some of the coaches do not begin running, until July. The
first half of July is generally less crowded than the following 4-6 weeks.
The first half of September is also often a favourable season, but the days
begin to be perceptibly shorter. — Sunday is practically a dies non in
Highland travelling, and Sunday quarters should always be engaged in
advance. Most of the trains, steamers, and coaches cease running on Sunday,
and in some quarters it is even difficult to hire a private carriage.
As already stated, the possible combinations of tours in Scotland are
so numerous that it is difficult to give advice in mapping out a journey.
The following routes, however, will at least give an idea i>f tbe lime re¬
quired for a visit to the most attractive points.
a. Tour of 3-4 Weeks. Days
Edinburgh and Environs (Roslin, Hawthornden).......3-4
From Edinburgh to Melrose and Bryburgh, and back..... 1
From Edinburgh via Callander, the Trossachs, and Loch Lomond to
Glasgow (Circular Tonr).............. 1-2
Falls of Clyde and back................1/i-l
From Glasgow to Ayr (Burns Country) and back...... 1
From Glasgow to Arran (night-quarters) and back...... 2
From Glasgow to Oban by the Crinan Canal........ 1
Circular Tour from Oban to Loch Awe and back........ 1
From Oban to lona and Staffa, and back......... 1
From Oban to Ballachulish and Glencoe.......... 1
From Ballachulish to Inverness. Caledonian Canal....... 1
From Inverness to Loch Maree and back.......... 2
From Inverness to Aberdeen and in Aberdeen........ 1-172
From Aberdeen to Braemar............... 1
From Braemar through the Spilal of Glenshee to Perth .... 1
From Perth to Crieff, Comrie, Lochearnhead, Loch Tap, Kenmore,
Aberfeldy, and Dunkeld...............1-2
From Dunkeld to Pitlochry and back to Perth....... 1
From Perth to Edinburgh or Glasgow........... V«