^from Oban. STORNOWAY. 69. Route. 543
mail-cart (2s. 6d.) and an excursion-brake (see below) ply daily to (10 M.)
Portree (Royal; Portree, R. 3s. 6d., D. from 3s.; Caledonian, R. 3s., D. from
2s. 6d.), the capital of the island, and the best general centre for excursions.
Prince Charles's Cave, in the rocky coast, 4'/2 M. to the N., has no other
interest than that the Young Pretender lay there in hiding. Those who have
time should not quit Portree without a visit (1-2 days) to the Storr Rock
and the Quiraing, perhaps the most striking rock-scenery in Great Britain.
If both cannot be visited the Quiraing (via Uig) should be preferred to the
Storr Rock. In summer excursion-brakes run daily from Portree to Sli¬
gachan (return-fare 5s.) and via Uig to the Quiraing (14s.). — The Storr
Rock (2340 ft.), about 7 M. to the N., commands a very fine and extensive
view; the walk to the top takes at least 3 hrs. A walk thence of 4 hrs.
more, over dreary moorland, brings us to the "duiraing, a grassy plateau
enclosed by lofty cliffs and pinnacles of the most fantastic form and disposi¬
tion. Those who reach the Quiraing too late to go on to Uig may sleep
at the Staffin Inn (plain), 2 M. to the S., which we passed on our way. Next
morning we walk across the island (2Va hrs.) to Uig (Uig Hotel, well spoken
of, R. 3s. 6d.), on the W. coast, and return thence by carriage (ordered
beforehand at Portree) or by coach to &/t hrs.) Portree (on foot 4'/2 hrs.).
From Portree we may go on by steamer to Gairloch and thence pro¬
ceed via Loch Maree to Inverness (comp. p. 546); or we may return by
steamer direct to Oban; or we may disembark at Mallaig and there join
the West Highland Line to Fort William (comp. p. 549); or, finally, we may
take the steamer from Portree to (l'/j hr.) Kyle of Lochalsh (p. 563; fares 5s.
2s.6d.), and proceed thence by railway, via Dingwall, to Inverness (p. 545).
From Oban to Stornoway, in the Isle of Lewis. The voyage may be
made all the way in 30-40 hrs. in the 'Clansman' or 'Claymore' (p. 537),
leaving Oban on Tues. and Frid. morning respectively. Or we may take
tbe Skye steamer (p. 542) on Tues., Thurs., or Sat. to (5 hrs.) Mallaig (p. 550)
or to (7 hrs.) Kyle of Lochalsh (p. 503), from which ports steamers sail
daily to Stornoway in Sy4 and 6 hrs. respectively. — Stornoway (Imperial;
Leuis; Royal, R. 3s. 6d.; Hunter's, temperance), the chief place in the Hebrides,
with about 3700 inhab., is, perhaps, scarcely so fascinating in reality
as in the pages of William Black, but is worth visiting by those who
enjoy steamboat-sailing and wild rocky scenery. It may also be reached
by steamer from Glasgow, Portree, Gairloch, Poolewe, Loch Inver, etc. —
F'rom Stornoway to Inverness, see p. 547; to Thurso, see p. 565.
From Oban to Glasgow, 116 M., Caledonian Railway in 3y«-5yi hrs.
(fares 13s. 2d., 7s. 4V2d.; to Edinburgh, 123 M., 18s. 2d., 9s. 10d.). The West
Highland Line of the N.B.R. (R. 71) is an alternative railway route. On leav¬
ing Oban the train sweeps round to the N., passes Dunslaffnage (p. 540) on
tbe left, and skirts Loch Etive (p. 542). From (6'/2 M.) Connel Ferry a pictur¬
esque branch-line, skirting Loch Creran and Loch Linnhe, runs to (28l/2M.)
Ballachulish (p. 544), via (3 M.) Benderloch, (9Vs M.) Creagan (inn), (13 M.)
Port Appin, (19 M.) Duror (inn), (23 M.) Kintallen, and (26 M.) Ballachulish
Ferry. — Beyond (13 M.) Taynuilt (inn) the train threads the wild Pass of
Awe and the Pass of Brander (p. 542), at the foot of Ben Cruachan. — 22 M.
Loch Awe Station ("Hotel, R. 4s., D. 5s.), see p. 539. — 25 M. Dalmally
(Hotel, R. 4s. 6d., D. 4s.), at the entrance to the beautiful Vale of Glenorchy,
3 M. from the N.E. end of Loch Awe. From Dalmally we may walk or
drive, via (6 M ) Cladich (p. 539), to (10 M.) Inveraray (see p. 540). — 38 M.
Tyndrum (Royal Hotel). At (42 M.) Crianlarich (Hotel, R. 3s. 6d., B. 2s.)
the Caledonian and N.B.R. lines meet. The latter line runs to the S.
to- Ardlui, at the upper end of Loch Lomond (p. 534), and those who have
not yet visited that beautiful loch may complete their journey by this
route. — 53 M. Killin Junction commands a fine view of Loch Tay (see
p. 680). The train then descends the wild Glen Ogle and passes (59 M.)
Balquhidder, at the head of Loch Earn, whence a line runs to the E. to
Crieff Junction (p. 552). Beyond the station of Strathyre it next skirts "Loch
Lubnaig, a picturesque sheet of water, and threads the Pass of Leny, where
Ben Ledi (p. 535) towers to the right. — 71 M. Callander, and thence to
Glasgow (or Edinburgh), see It. 68.