ABERFOYLE. 68. Route. 537
Lennoxtown it traverses the pretty Campsie Glen. 20 M. Killearn. At (22'/2 M.)
Gartness we join the Balloch-Stirling line and turn to the right. Loch
Lomond (p. 533) lies about 4 M. to the W. At (24>/2 M.) Balfron the pipes
of the Loch Katrine aqueduct (p. 534) cross the railway. 28 M. Buchlyvie
(Red Lion) is the junction of the short branch-line to (6 M.) Aberfoyle
(Bailie Nicol Jarvie Hotel), which traverses a swampy moorland and passes
2 M. to the W. of the small Lake of Menteith (see Scott's 'Bob Roy'). The
ascent of Ben Lomond (p. 534) may be made from Aberfoyle in 3'/2-4'/2 hrs. —
The road from Aberfoyle to the Trossachs (7 M.) affords a good view of
Ben Ledi (p. 535) and a glimpse of Loch Vennaehar (p. 534). To the right
lies the pretty Loch Drunkie. Finally we pass the W. end of Loch Achray
(p. 534) and join the above described route at the Trossachs Hotel (p. 534).
69. From Glasgow to Oban. Western Scotland.
From Glasgow to Oban, 120 M., steamer daily in 10 hrs., starting at
7 a.m. (fares 13s., 7s. 6d.). As far as Ardrishaig (see p. 539) we travel by
the admirably appointed 'Columba', probably the finest river-steamer in
Europe, with an excellent restaurant (B. 2s., D. 2s. 6d.), drawing-rooms,
baths, post-office, etc. Travellers may leave Glasgow by rail (St. Enoch's
or Central Station) at 8.15-8.30 a.m., or Edinburgh (Caledonian or Waver¬
ley Station, p. 513) at 7-7.30 a.m., and join the steamer at Greenock, Gou¬
rock, or Dunoon (comp. p. 527). From Ardrishaig travellers proceed either
via the Crinan Canal (p. 539) or via Loch Awe (p. 539), the latter route
being the longer by about l'/2 hr. (fares 19s., 13s. 6d.). The turbine steamer
'King Edward', leaving Greenock at 8.45 and Wemyss Bay at 9.45 a.m.,
for Ardrishaig has similar through-connection with Oban; but passengers
by the 'Iona' in the afternoon do not get farther than Ardrishaig.
An alternative route is that via Inveraray and Dalmally. The 'Lord
of the Isles' which follows practically the same course as the Columba
to Loch Fyne reaches (94 M.) Inveraray in time for tbe coach to Dalmally.
Other routes from Glasgow to Inveraray, see p. 533.
Travellers may go by any of these routes as far as Oban and return
thence by train in one long day, reaching Edinburgh again at 11.15 and
Glasgow at 11.30 p.m. Circular tour fares: from Glasgow 21s., lis. 6d.;
from Edinburgh 29s., 15s. 6d. Holders of third-class tickets may travel in
the cabin of the steamers on paying 4s. 6d. extra to the purser.
Oban may also be reached by railway, either via the Caledonian line
(p. 543; 116 M. in 3y2-5V4 hrs.) or via the West Highland Line of the N.B.R.
(R. 71), changing carriages at Crianlarich (to Oban, 101 M., in 51/4-6'/4 hrs.).
Those who prefer it may go to Oban all the way by steamer ('Clay¬
more' or 'Clansman') in about 14 hrs., leaving Greenock at 6 p.m. on
Mon. and Thurs. (fare 10s.). The route, a very fine one for good sailors,
leads past Arran (see p. 532), round the Mull of Cantyre (often stormy),
and then to the N. between the mainland and the islands of Islay and
Jura. Beyond Oban the steamers go on to Tobermory (p. 541), Mallaig
(p. 550), Kyle of Lochalsh (p. 563), Portree (p. 543), and Stornoway (p. 543;
44-54 hrs. from Greenock).
This route may be conveniently combined with RR. 70, 72 by pro¬
ceeding by railway from Inverness to Aberdeen; and the six routes, Nos.
68, 69, 70, 71, 72a, 73, with a few exenrsions from the chief centres, include
all the finest scenery in Scotland between Edinburgh and Glasgow on the
S. and Inverness on the N.
The 'Columba' at first threads its way through the crowded
shipping of the harbour, among which may usually be seen some
of the Atlantic steamers of the Anchor and Allan Lines. To the
right is the extensive Queen's Dock, to the left the new Prince's
Dock, and numerous large ship-building yards are passed on both
banks. The first stopping-place is Partick, opposite the busy sub-