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the 'Great Glen of Scotland' and consists of a chain of lakes (Lochs
Lochy, Oich, Ness, and Dock four), united by artificial channels.
It begins at Corpach (p. 549), 1 M. to the S. of Banavie, with a
series of locks known as 'Neptune's Staircase1.
As the canal-steamer leaves Banavie we have a good view, to the
right, of Ben Nevis. After 7 M. we reach Gairlochy (station, p. 549)
with the first locks, and enter the picturesque Loch Lochy (10 M.
long). On the E. bank is Invergloy Hotel; on the W. is Achna-
carry Castle (Cameron of Lochiel), beside which the Black Mile
Pass leads under dense foliage from Looh Lochy to Loch Arkaig.
At the N. end of Loch Lochy are the locks at Laggan (station, see
p. 549), almost immediately succeeded by the charming little *Loch
Oich (372 M. long). To the left is the romantic Invergarry Castle,
from which a fine route leads through Glen Shiel to the W. coast
(to Balmacara, on Loch Alsh, called at by the Oban and Gair¬
loch steamers, 50 M.; thence to Kyle Akin Ferry, for Skye, 6 M. ;
comp. p. 563). Between Cullochy (station , see p. 549), at the N.
end of Loch Oich, and (5M.) Fort Augustus (Lovat Arms, R. 4s.,
D. 4s. 6d.; Douglas Hotel) are several locks (most of them within
2 M. of Fort Augustus), which the steamer takes l1/^ hr. to pass
through, so that this part of the journey may be performed on foot.
The fort has now given place to an imposing E.E. Benedictine
Abbey, with a handsome church.
From Fort Augustus to Spean Bridge (Oban; Glasgow), see p. 549.
Fort Augustus lies at the S. end of Loch Ness (24 M. long),
the scenery of which is less varied than that of the lochs already
passed. Invermoriston (hotel) is another starting-point for the route
through Glen Shiel, uniting with that above-mentioned at (25 M.)
Clunie. On the right bank is Foyers (hotel), about 1 M. from which
is the *Fall of Foyers, 90 ft. in height, once probably the finest
waterfall in Great Britain, but not improved by the aluminium
factory recently established in the vicinity. Higher up is auother
fall (30 ft. high). The steamboat-passenger has not time to visit
these falls. Opposite Foyers rises Mealfourvounie (2285 ft.). — From
the next pier, at Inverfarigaig, the steamer crosses the loch, passes
the picturesque Urquhart Castle, and touches at the Temple Pier at
Drumnadrochit (hotel, V2 M. from the pier), whence a road ascends
Glen Urquhart to Invercannich (p. 562). Beyond Abriachan we
enter Loch Dochfour, the N. bay of Loch Ness. The steamer halts
at Muirtown (hotel, small), l1/* M. from Inverness, and is met by
Inverness. — Hotels. Caledonian Hotel, R. from 4s. 6d., B. or
L. 3s., D. 5s.; Station, R. 4s. 6d., B. or L. 3s., D. 5s., Royal, R. from
3s. 6d., D. 4s. 6d., Imperial, all close to the railway-station; "Alexandra,
Palace, R. from 4s,, D. 5s., both pleasantly situated on the river ; Waverley
Temperance, R. 2s., D. 2s. 6d. — Rail. Refreshment Rooms.
Inverness, the 'Capital of the Highlands', an old town with
(1901) 21,193 inhab., situated at the point where the Ness enters
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