534 Route 68. THE TROSSACHS. From Glasgow
(3192 ft.) forms the background to the right; those who wish to
ascend it disembark at Rowardennan (Hotel, R. or D. 4s.).
The ascent of Ben Lomond takes 2-3 hrs. (descent l'/u-2 hrs.) and is
easily accomplished (guide not indispensable; pony with guide 8-10s.). The
path is marshy and sometimes not very distinct; it disappears entirely at
a marshy tract about halfway up, and here we bear to the left and soon
come in sight of the cairn which serves as a land-mark. The "View is very
extensive, stretching on the S.E. over the Lowlands as far as Edinburgh;
to the W. lies Loch Lomond, with the Cobbler, Ben Vane, Ben Voirlich,
and other mountains surrounding it; more to the right are the twin-
peaks of Ben Cruachan and the tent-shaped Ben More. — The descent may
be made to Inversnaid (see below) or to Aberfoyle (p. 537), to the S.E.
Beyond Rowardennan the steamer skirts the rocky Craig Royston,
in which appears a cave known as 'Rob Roy's Prison'. It then
crosses to Tarbet (*Hotel, R. 4s. Gd., B. 3s.), prettily situated on theW.
hank, and commanding the best view of Ben Lomond. Railway-
station, see p. 548. — Our steamboat-journey ends at Inversnaid
(Hotel, R. 4s., D. 4s. 6d.), one of the finest points on Loch Lomond,
affording splendid views of the mountains above Arrochar. Just
before reaching the pier we pass a pretty waterfall.
The steamer goes on to (20-25 min.) Ardlui (Hotel, R. or D. 4s.), at the
head of the loch, and returns later to Inversnaid. Railway-station, see p.548.
Coaches (fare 4s.) ply twice daily from Ardlui via (2 M.) "Inverarnan Hotel
and up Glen Falloch to (6V2 M.) Crianlarich (p. 543), whence we may proceed
by railway to Oban (p. 540), Fort William (p. 54W), or Killin (p. 543). — A
small-boat or walking excursion may be made from Inversnaid to Rob
Roy's Cave, 1 M. to the N., with an almost invisible entrance.
At Inversnaid the steamer is met by a coach to take the pass¬
engers across the ridge between Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine,
a distance of 5'/2 M. Those who prefer it have usually time
(l3/i hr.) to walk, but the ascent from this side is long and some¬
what fatiguing. The road passes the ruins of an old castle and the
small Loch Arklet. On reaching Stronachlachar (*Hotel, R. 4s.,
L. 2s. 6d., D. 4s. Qd.j, we embark in the small steamer that plies
on *Loch Katrine, a beautiful lake about 9'/2 M. long. The finest
scenery is at its E. end, where steep cliffs alternate with beautiful
woods, in which the bright green foliage of the birch is predominant.
Here, too, is the charming little ^Ellen's Isle, immortalised in the
'Lady of the Lake', a poem that renders all other guidebooks almost
superfluous for this part of Scotland. To the right towers the noble
form of Ben Venue (2393 ft.). Some traces of the works for convey¬
ing the water of Loch Katrine to Glasgow (comp. p. 528) may be
seen on the S. shore. — From the pier to Aberfoyle, see p. 537.
The _rossachs ('bristling country'), a richly-wooded and ro¬
mantic valley, begin immediately to the E. of Loch Katrine, and
there are few more beautiful districts in Scotland than that be¬
tween Ellen's Isle and the (iy4 M.) Trossachs Hotel (R. is., B. 3».,
D. 5s.), on the bank of the small *Loch Achray. The coach waits
V2 hr. at the hotel, and luncheon (2s. 6d.) is ready for the pas¬
sengers. At the E. end of Loch Achray we pass (IV2 M0 the Brig
of Turk, and 1 M. farther on we reach *Loch Vennachar, along