to Oban. LOCH AWE. 69. Route. 539
wards. The courses of the 'Columba' and the 'Lord of the Isles'
here separate. The latter steams along the E. coast of Loch Fyne
(see p. 540), while the 'Columba', crosses to Tarbert (Columba;
Maclean's Commercial), on the W. bank, whence a fine view is obtain¬
ed of the Mts. of Arran to the S.; to the N., view of Loch Fyne,
with the twin-peaks of Ben Cruachan in the distance.
From Tarbert a coach runs down the Mull of Cantyre to Campbeltown
(p. 532; 35 M., fare 10s.). Another coach plies to (1 M.) the head of West
Loch Tarbert, whence a steamer sails on Mon. and Thurs., via Jura (see
below), to Port Askaig (hotel) and daily, except Mon. and Thurs., to Port
Ellen (Machrie House, pens, about 8s.; White Hart; Islay) on the island of
Islay (through-fares from Glasgow 12s. 6d., 5s.). The golf-links at Port
Ellen are among the best in Scotland. Bridgend (hotel; omn. from Port
Ellen) is a good centre from which to explore Islay. From Port Askaig
a ferry plies to (1/2 M.) the island of Jura, the Paps of which (2400-2570 ft.)
command good views.
Beyond Tarbert the 'Columba' steams up a small arm of Loch
Fyne called Loch Gilp, and at about 1 p. m. reaches —
80 M. Ardrishaig (Royal, R. or D.4s., Lome; Anchor), where
the Columba is quitted for the 'Linnet', a small steamer on the
Crinan Canal. The 'King Edward' goes on hence to Inverary (comp.
From Ardrishaig to Oban via Loch Awe, 6 hrs. A coach starts in
summer on the arrival of the steamers and runs via (2 M.) Lochgilphead
(Argyll; Victoria), 2 M. to the N. of Ardrishaig, frequented by summer visitors,
and (8 M.) Kilmartin to (16 M.) Ford, at the S. end of Loch Awe. A steamer
sails down the romantic "Loch Awe (23 M. long, IV2 M. wide), the finest
scenery on which is at the N. end, passing numerous islands, on several
of which are ruined castles and monasteries. From Port Sonachan (Hotel,
R. 4s., D. 3s. 6d.), 4 M. to the S.E. of Cladich (p. 543), there is a ferry to
Taychreggan (Hotel, R. 4s., D. 3s. 6d.), whence a coach runs to (8 M.)
Taynuilt (p. 543). As the steamer proceeds the finely-shaped Ben Cruachan
(3689 ft.) comes into sight to the N. — At Loch Awe Station (p. 543) we
join the railway to Oban. Farther to the N. is Kilchurn Castle.
From Lochgilphead (see above) a coach runs daily to (23 M.; 6s.)
Kilmelfort (p. 542); and from Ford (see above) another runs thrice weekly
via the Pass of Melfort to (30 M.; 10s) Oban (p. 540).
The Crinan Canal, which saves the long and often stormy
voyage (75 M.) round the Mull of Cantyre, is only 9 M. long; but
as the steamer has to pass through 12 locks, it takes 2 hrs. to the
passage. Passengers may walk from Cairnbaan (inn), about 4 M.
from Ardrishaig, and rejoin the steamer at the last lock. [In the op¬
posite direction there is time (23/i hrs.) to walk all the way from
Crinan to Ardrishaig.] Lochgilphead (see above) is passed on the
right. The canal is pretty, and more like a river than a canal. — At
Crinan (hotel) the Oban steamer is in waiting, on board which
dinner is served at once. The sail from Crinan to Oban takes about
1l/l hrs. Soon after leaving Crinan we pass between Craignish Point
and the N. end of Jura (see above; ferry), which is separated from
the little island of Scarba by the tumultuous Strait of Corrie-
vrechan. The next part of the course is sheltered by several is¬
lands , but farther on we are exposed for a time to the full swell