554 Route 72. FORFAR. From Edinburgh
From Perth to Dundee, 20 M., railway in 1/2-I hr. (fares 3s. 6d., Is.
8d). This line skirts the N. bank of the Firth of Tay and traverses the
fertile Carse of Gowrie, via Kinfauns, Errol, Longforgan, etc. To the left are
Dunsinane and the other Sidlaw Hills. — Dundee (West Station), see p. 551.
Beyond Perth our line runs to the N. to (72 M.) Luncarty and
(75 M.) Stanley Junction, where it diverges to the E. (right) from
the Highland Railway (see p. 559). — 8O72 M. Coupar Angus
(Royal) is the junction of the line to Blairgowrie (p. 556). — 85 M.
A branch-line runs hence fo the N. via (I1/4 M.) Meigle (Kinloch Arms),
with a celebrated collection of sculptured stones, to (5 M.) the small town
of Alyth (Airlie Arms), whence a road (coach daily) ascends the rocky and
wooded valley of the Isla to (11 M.) Glenisla (hotel). The Isla forms several
small waterfalls, the finest of which is the Reekie Linn. Near Forter Castle,
4 M. to the N. of Glenisla, a road leads to the W. to Glenshee (p. 556).
At (92 M.) Glamis stands * Glamis Castle (sometimes open on
application), a stately baronial hall in a fine park, said by tradition
to be the ancestral home of Macbeth. The room in which the thane
is said to have murdered Duncan in 1040 is still pointed out! It
seems probable that Malcolm II. was Teally murdered here in 1033.
The present mansion, with its numerous towers and turrets, dates
mainly from 1578-1621. — 9672 M. Forfar (County Arms; Royal;
Jarman's), an ancient town with 10,700 inhab., once the seat of the
Branch-lines run hence to Kirriemuir (Airlie Arms, pens. 35s.-45s. per
week; Ogilvie Arms, pens. 7s. 6d.), a weaving-village, identified with the
'Thrums' of Mr. J. M. Barrie's tales; to Broughly Ferry (p. 552); and via
Brechin direct to Edzell (Panmure Arms; Star), with the interesting ruins
of a large castle.
105 M. Guthrie Junction is the starting-point of a line to (8 M.)
Arbroath (p. 552). — From (II2V2M.) Bridge-of-Dun a short branch
runs to (4 M.) Brechin (Commercial; Crown), a town of 9000 in¬
hab., with a Cathedral founded by David I. about 1150, but utterly
spoiled by restoration in 1807. Adjacent is a Round Tower (100 ft.
high), dating from the 11th cent., or perhaps earlier. Not far off is
Brechin Castle, the seat of the Earl of Dalhousie, a modern mansion
on the site of an old castle. To Edzell, see p. 554.
115M. Dubton is the junction of a short line to Montrose (p. 552).
We now join the N.B.R. — 124 M. Laurencekirk and thence to
(155 M.) Aberdeen, see p. 552.
c. Via Perth, Blair Atholl, and Braemar.
To this excursion, the finest route to Aberdeen, not less than 4 days
should be devoted. 1st Day. Railway from Edinburgh to Perth (li/4-32/3hrs.;
fares 8s., 8s. 10i/2d.), and thence by an evening train, in 3/4 hr., to
Dunkeld. — 2nd Day. Railway from Dunkeld to Blair Atholl in s/4-l hr. —
3rd Day. From Blair Atholl to Braemar through Glen Tilt, a walk of
9-10 hrs. This stage is usually accomplished on foot or on horseback
(guide and pony 30s.), as the middle part of it (10 M.) is not available
for carriages. It is, however, possible to drive or ride to (8 M.) Forest
Lodge, walk thence to (10 M.) Bynack Lodge, and drive or ride the rest of
the way (12 M.) by carriage or pony ordered from Braemar by telegram.