LOCH LOMOND. 68. Route. 533
Greenock, or Gourock to Inveraray direct; b. To Arrochar by steamer
(p. 532) or by railway (B. 71; 173-2 hrs.) and thence on foot or by carriage
through Glencroe (20 M.); c. To Lochgoilhead (see above), thence by coach
or on foot to (9 M.) St. Catherine's Ferry (hilly road), and from St. Cathe¬
rine's to Inveraray by small steamer in 1/4 hr.; d. From Greenock or
Gourock by steamer ('Lord of the Isles', see p. 53i) to Dunoon, by coach
to Loch Eck (Inverchapel; 8 M.), by steamer to the N. end of this loch
(6 M.), and by coach to Strachur (5 M.), where we rejoin the 'Lord of the
Isles', 4 M. before Inveraray (in all, 5 hrs. from Greenock).
68. From Glasgow to Edinburgh via, Loch Lomond,
Loch Katrine, and Stirling.
Railway to Balloch in s/s-l1/* hr.; Steamer to Inversnaid in H/2 13A hr.;
Coach to Loch Katrine in 1 hr.; Steamboat to the Trossachs in »/t hr.;
Coach to Callander In 2!/t hrs. (including halt of V2 hr. at the Trossachs
Hotel); Railway via Stirling to Edinburgh in IV2-2V2 hrs. (or from Stirling
direct to Glasgow in I-IV2 hr.). This tour, which takes in all 11-12 hrs., is
in favourable weather one of the most delightful in the United Kingdom.
It is better to take two days for it, sleeping at Rowardennan and climbing
Ben Lomond on the following morning. The Circular Tour Tickets are
available for 7 days, and the journey may be broken at any point. Fares
from Glasgow and back (omitting Edinburgh) 18s. lid., 15s. lOd.; from
Glasgow to Edinburgh (or vice versa) 21s. 2d., 17s.; from Edinburgh and
back, including Glasgow, 26s. 2d., 19s. 6d. — Carriage and pair from In¬
versnaid to Loch Katrine 10s., gratuity 2s.; from the Trossachs to Callander
15s. and 3s. 6d.; from Inversnaid to Stronachlachar 7s. 6d.-10s. and Is.
The Trossachs tour from Glasgow to Edinburgh may also be made via
Aberfoyle (fares as above); see p. 536.
Trains start at Queen Street Station (Low Level) and at the
Central Station (Low Level) and follow at first the underground
railways indicated at p. 527. Beyond (10 M.) Dalmuir, where the
routes unite, we approach the busy waterway of the Clyde. At
(13 M.) Bowling begins the Forth <y Clyde Canal. — 16 M. Dum¬
barton (Elephant), an industrial town with 17,000 inhah., is com¬
manded by a Castle, strikingly situated on a precipitous rocky hill
(280 ft.) and presenting a very picturesque appearance, especially
when seen from the Clyde. Dumbarton Castle plays a prominent
part in Scottish history, and was one of the four fortresses secured
to Scotland at the time of the Union. The town lies at the mouth
of the Leven, through which Loch Lomond discharges its waters. —
The train now turns to the N., leaving the West Highland Line
(R. 71) to the left. At (18 M.) Renton is a monument to Tobias
Smollett (1721-71), who was born at Dalquharn, a little to the S. —
At (21 M.) Balloch (Tillychewan Arms, R. or D. 3s.) the train runs
on to the pier, alongside the steamer (with restaurant, D. 2s. 6d.).
Balloch lies at the S. end of *Loch Lomond, the largest (25 M.
long, 1-5 M. wide) and in some respects the most beautiful of the
Scottish lakes. Its beauty is enhanced by many wooded islands,
among which the steamer threads its way. Luss (*Hotel), our first
or second stopping-place, lies on the W. hank of the lake, at the
point where it begins to contract. The majestic *Ben Lomond