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Glencoe from the East

This picture adequately conveys the atmosphere of Glencoe (see also No. 6 of this series). Even on the brightest day, there is a certain awesome grandeur about it, and one can understand, even if one does not share, the feeling which led Macaulay to call it the most melancholy of the Scottish passes. It is only fair to record that another great writer, Andrew Lang, describes the glen as "one of the most beautiful valleys in the beautiful West Highlands."

Above Braemore

Braemore is 8 miles N.W. of Berriedale, Caithness, whence Morven 2,313 feet and Maiden Pap 1,587 feet (seen here) may be climbed; but permission to go through the Duke of Portland's deer-forest must be obtained. This picture shows trained gun dogs used for grouse shooting over the moors. There are two methods. The first in which the sportsmen walk up the moor in line accompanied by dogs. The second, shooting driven birds in which the men stand in butts camouflaged to look like the moor.

In Glen Noe

The rugged beauty of Glen Noe, where the river Noe dashes over its rocky bed, owes much of its grandeur to Ben Cruachan, one of the highest mountains in Argyllshire. It has two peaks, the eastern (Dalmally Peak) 3,689 feet high and the western (Taynuilt Peak) seen here which is 3,611 feet high. There is a connecting ridge three-quarters of a mile in length. Ben Cruachan commands magnificent views and is most easily ascended from the Bridge of Awe.

Sunset Over Mull

The region round Oban contains some of the finest scenery in Scotland and thanks to excellent transport facilities it is among the easiest to explore. This lovely picture of sunset over the Sound of Mull is typical of the beautiful seascapes in which Oban is rich. It was taken from Dunollie on the north horn of Oban Bay. One of the finest sailing trips from Oban is round Mull to Staffa and Iona (see Nos. 24 and 27 of this series).

Loch Broom

The extensive county of Ross with its bens and glens, and many lochs, is one of the finest motoring grounds in Scotland. Loch broom, seen here, stands on the west coast and is divided into three distinct bays-Loch Broom proper (on the eastern side of which Ullapool is built). Little Loch Broom, and Gruinard Bay, a wide inlet which contains a small inhabited island. The loch is twelve miles across at its mouth and its shores are bold and rocky. The district is served by mail bus from Garve.


The Island of Skye contains some of the finest and most celebrated scenery in Scotland with its fantastic rocks, weird sea-lochs and wild mountain glens. Portree is the chief town on the island and its whole natural environment makes it a delightful spot in which to stay. Surrounded by hills and cliffs, it is a paradise for walkers and climbers and magnificent views of the Coolins and distant isles may be seen. Skye is reached from Mallaig or Kyle of Lochalsh.

Loch Shiel

Standing on Ben Resipol in the Sunart district of Argyll, one has a superb view of Loch Shiel winding like a silver ribbon between the Ardgour Hills and Moldart (see No. 31 of this series). This freshwater loch is 17 miles long and nowhere more than a mile in breadth. Like much of the neighborhood it is closely associated with Prince Charles Stuart. It was at the head of the loch that the ill-fated Prince raised his standard in 1745, the spot being now marked by the Prince Charles Monument.


The little island of Iona lies off the coast of Mull, 8 miles south of Staffa (see No. 47 of this series) and its shores are marked by low headlands and small bays. The property of the Duke of Argyll, Iona has many place4s of historic interest, including the Cathedral and St Oran's chapel, shown in the photograph. Other interesting features include the Nunnery, McLean's Cross, St. Oran's Cemetery, and St. Columba's Tomb.

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