71. From Glasgow to Fort William and Mallaig.
16") M. West Highland Railway, in 53/4-63/< hrs. (fares 23s. 7d , 12j.
7i/2d.); to (1221/2 M.) Fort William in 4-5 hrs. (fares 16s. 7d., 9s. lVsd.);
trains start from the Queen Street (High Level) Station (p. 526). Through-
carriages are run in connection with this route from Edinburgh (fares
28s. 7d., 15s. lV2d.) and from London (King's Cross) by the morning express.
From Glasgow to (16 M.) Dumbarton, see p. 533. The railway
continues to skirt the Clyde, leaving the Balloch line on the right.
— lGt/o M. Dalreoch. Near (194/2 M.) Cardross once stood Cardross
Castle, in which Robert Bruce died in 1329. — 23 M. Craigendoran.
Craigendoran Pier is an important starting-point for steamers in con¬
nection with the N.B.R. to Dunoon (where passengers join the Oban
steamer; comp. p. 538), Rothesay, Arran, etc. —243/4 M. Helens¬
burgh (Queens, R. 3s. 6d., D.4s.; Imperial), a favourite watering-
place, is pleasantly situated at the mouth of the Gareloch, and is laid
out with the mathematical regularity of an American city. On the
esplanade is an obelisk in memory of Henry Bell (1767-1830), who
in 1812 launched the 'Comet', the first steam vessel on the Clyde
(p. 527). — Steamers ply hence to Greenock, Gourock, Dunoon,
Rothesay, etc. ; to Gareloch Head, see p. 532. — 26Y2 M. Row
(pronounced 'rue'). — 29^2 M. Shandon, with a large hydropathic
establishment, pleasantly surrounded by private grounds (pens, from
10s. 6d.). 313/4 M. Gareloch Head (hotel) occupies a fine situation
at the head of the loch.
The line now crosses the isthmus between Gareloch and Loch
Long (p. 532), and skirts the E. bank of the latter. On the oppo¬
site side of the loch rises Ben Arthur or The Cobbler (2891 ft.),
beyond which is Ben Ime (3318 ft.). The station of (42i/4 M.) Ar¬
rochar fy Tarbet is situated between these two places (pp. 532, 534)
on the isthmus between Loch Long and Loch Lomond (p. 533).
To Inveraray through Glencroe, see p. 533. — The railway runs
close by the W. bank of Loch Lomond, commanding beautiful views.
On the opposite shore rises Ben Lomond (p. 533). —■ We cross the
Inveruglas Water, which descends from Loch Sloy, lying to our left
between Ben Vane (3004 ft.) and Ben Voirlich (3092 ft.). — 50y4M.
Ardlui, at the head of Loch Lomond, see p. 534.
The line now quits the loch and ascends Glen Falloch, with a
succession of fine mountain views. To the right, at some distance,
tower Ben A'an (3827 ft.) and Ben More (3843 ft.). — 59 M.
Crianlarich (hotel) has also a station on the Caledonian line to
Oban (p. 543). ■-----■ We here enjoy a view of Glen Dochart, to the
right, before bending to the N.W. into Strath Fillan. 64 M. Tyn-
drum (Royal Hotel) has another station on the Caledonian line
(p. 543). — 711/2 M. Bridge of Orchy (Rail. Rfmt. Rooms; Inver-
ornan Hotel, 3 M. to the W.). A coach (fares 12s.) plies hence
daily via (13M.) Kingshouse and through Glencoe (p. 544) to (29M.)
Ballachulish (p. 544). — We next pass Loch Tulla (on the left)