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On Kerrera Island

Kerrera shuts off the almost land-locked bay of Oban from the Firth of Lorn (see also No. 8 of this series). The island is nearly five miles in length and rises to a height of 617 feet. On a rocky promontory are the ruins of Gylen Castle, an old stronghold of the Macdougalls of Lorn, which was captured by General Leslie in 1647. The island of Mull, here seen in the distance, is responsible for the marvelous sunset effects for which Oban is famous.

The Bran in Spate

A mountain river in Spate is a grand sight. Overnight, almost, the clear stream changes to a rushing brown torrent which foams madly over its rocky bed. The River Bran rises near Achnasheen and flows through Strath Bran into Loch Luichart, a beautiful loch well-known to anglers, six miles long, situated 17 miles west of Dingwall. Achnasheen is reached by L.M.S. Railway via Inverness and is the starting point for buses and mail cars to Kinlochewe, Loch Maree, Gairloch, Torridon, etc.

Farr Point, Sutherland

The coastline near Bettyhill consists of rugged inlets with a sandy bay in each inlet, and sheer cliffs sometimes 1,000 feet high, often coated with sand almost to the top. The countryside is a mixture of wild grandeur and desolation. In Farr Churchyard there is an ancient monolith 12 feet high covered with hieroglyphics. In the neighborhood are tumuli, standing stones and the ruins of an ancient castle. This district is served by a mail car running between Skerray and Melvich, which connects with the bus for Thurso.

The River Tay

The valley of the Tay is an excellent holiday district and this view of the winding river, seen from Birnam, shows the rich and varied character of the landscape. Dunkeld and Birnam face one another on opposite sides of the river and are centers of many delightful walks and drives, while Aberfeldy. 18 miles away, situated amid grand scenery is one of the best health resorts in the country. The Tay valley is conveniently accessible by road and rail from Perth.

A West Highland Clachan

The word "Clachan" means village. The picture shows a type of house which is fast disappearing-the roofs being held down by weights so as to keep them in place during winter gales. The houses are now being replaced with the aid of Government grants, by well built structures designed to conform with modern standards of health and sanitation and equipped with bathroom, scullery and drains-everyday amenities unheard of in olden times.

Loch Long

The Loch Long in this picture is that in West Ross which is at the head of Loch Alsh (see No. 16 of this series). A new bridge is being built over the seaward entrance which will replace the present ferry at Dornie. When the bridge is completed a continuous roadway will eventually be provided from Inverness, through Glen Moriston to Loch Dulch and Kyle of Lochalsh, whence there is a ferry across to Skye.


To the north of Iona (see No. 24 of this series) stands Staffa, an island famous for its natural wonders. Roughly oval in shape, it is about two miles in circumference and uninhabited. The chief place of interest is Fingal's Cave, seen in this photograph, remarkable for its regular basaltic columns and for the wonderful varying colors revealed as the light plays upon it. It was discovered in 1772 by Sir Joseph Banks and is reached by steamer from Oban.

The Dee Valley

Many visitors to Scotland will be attracted to Deeside where are situated Balmoral with its royal associations, and Braemar famous for its September "Gathering." This delightful country, which is conveniently reached from Aberdeen, is, as the picture shows, a region of lofty well wooded hills which effectually shield it from winter winds. The climate is very dry and the air is remarkably pure and bracing. Braemar is the best center from which to make excursions in the Eastern Gramplans.

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