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The Cairngorm Range

The wild and lonely Cairngorm Mountains north west of Braemar (see No. 5 of this series) is essentially a region for the hardy walker. Probably the best route is that across the mountains from Aviemore to Braemar, aglencoe.htm#Highlands distance of thirty miles. This follows the Larig Ghru Pass and the wild scenery well repays the exertion involved. The crossing of the Cairgorms should not be lightly undertaken if the weather is unfavourable, and the danger of mists must be borne in mind.

Castle Kennedy

Standing between two lochs and situated about three miles S.E. of Stranraer, Wigtownshire, Castle Kennedy was once the seat of the Earls of Cassillis, and is now the property of the Earl of Stair. Built by John, 5th Earl of Cassillis, it was accidentally burned in 1716 and has never been restored. It is open to the public on certain days of the week. The grounds of the castle are famous for their beauty and for the great variety of rare trees and flowering shrubs.

The Firth of Lorn

Oban is the center for exploring the scenery of Lorn, and there are few more delightful trips than that down the Firth of Lorn. This picture, taken from Seil Island, shows Sheep Island with Mull in the background (see also No. 41 of this series). Seil and the adjoining Easdale Island are connected with the mainland by the picturesque Clachan Bridge-this being one of the few places where one may cross the Atlantic by bridge.

Ben Nevis

The five mile ascent of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles (4,406 feet) is for the hardy, for there is stiff climbing to be done after the first mile, in clear weather, the view from the top embraces a panorama nearly a hundred miles in radius, including practically all the highest peaks in Scotland. Ben Nevis is now pierced by a tunnel 15 miles long and 15 feet in diameter, bringing water from Loch Treig for the production of electricity.


From any line of approach the aspect of Scotland's capital is strikingly picturesque. Seen from the north, as in this photograph, the towers and spires; the Calton Hill, with its Nelson Tower and Parthenon-like National Monument, the New Town's broad, regular streets, with churches, columns, statues, and graceful domes: the lion-like outline of Arthur's Seat-all go to make up a picture of infinite variety and beauty no matter which season of the year.

Loch Torridon

Surrounded by scenery of great grandeur and beauty, a visit to Loch Torridon on the west coast of Ross will well repay the time it occupies. The loch, running for 13 miles into Western Ross, opens out some of the wildest scenery in the West Highlands. The mountains around its upper portion rise to over 3,000 feet above the sea, the finest of them being Ben Alligin, Ben Liathach and Ben Eighe. At Shieldaig, boats may be hired for a sail on the loch.

On the River Tilt

The river Tilt issues from Loch Tilt and flows for 15 miles S.W. through Glen Tilt (see No. 5 of this series) to the river Garry at Bridge of Tilt, by Blair Atholl, North Perthshire. Glen Tilt traverses some of the finest scenery in Perthshire and is a land of deer-forest and moor and the shootings round Blair Atholl are among the most extensive in Scotland. The three Falls of Fender, which fall into the Tilt a mile from its mouth, should be visited.

Old Ferry House, Totaig

Totaig is situated on Loch Alsh, 7 miles from the Kyle of Lochalsh. There is a ferry across the mouth of Loch Dulch (see No.1 of this series) to Dornie, but no cars are carried, and the boat is kept at Dornie. About four miles from Tataig a road climbs to height of 1,116 feet and then down to Gleneig. This is the famous Mam Ratagan hill with its many zigzags and hairpin bends, well-known to participants in motor cycle trials.

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