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The steamer finishes her voyage at
Stronachlachar Pier (look after
your baggage here ; Inn^ tolerable).
Coaches are in waiting to convey
passengers to Liversnaid, on Loch
Lomond 5 m., to meet the steamer
on that Lake (Rte. 19). The road
is highly picturesque, and very good,
with the exception of a steep hill just
before reaching Inversnaid. Loch
Katrine is 450 ft. above the sea-
level, and Loch Lomond, where the
road ends, is only 24 ft. above it.

1 m. 1, a road falls in from Loch
Ard and Aberfoyle. (Rte. 20.) 2. m.

I. Loch Arklet. On both sides may
be seen numerous tumuli, showing
how often this bare and worthless
tract of country has been the scene
of desperate fights, not to be won-
dered at when we remember that this
is the heart of the M 'Gregor's country,
that in its fastnesses they found
refuge, after being proscribed by an
Act of Privy Council, April 3, 1603.
The act of outlawry was reversed by
Charles II., 1663, in consideration of
the services they had rendered to
Montrose, but was renewed by
William III., 1793. Their legal
rights were finally restored by Geo.

II. 1755.



4 m. rt., in Glen Arklet, is part of
the old cottage where it is said
that Helen M 'Gregor was born. Be-
hind it are the remains of a Fort built
to overawe the clan.

The coach now descends a long
and steep hill, through the gap of
Inversnaid, beside a garrulous
stream, which, in a series of water-
falls, reaches Loch Lomond, close

by.

5 m. the Pier at Inversiiaid. {Hotel,
comfortable.) Inversnaid, on the E.
shore of L. Lomond, about 4 m.
from Tarbet and 6 from Ardlui, is
remarkable for a charming situation,
and for the fact that Wordsworth here
met the damsel who inspired his
sonnet to the " Highland Girl."

Steamers call at Inversnaid pier
going up the lake to Ardlui, coaches
thence to Tyndrum Stat., Glencoe,
Fort- William, Dalmally, and Oban ;
and going down, to Tarbet, Luss,
and Balloch Stat, for Glasgow (Rtes.
19 and 34).

Lock Loviond is described in Rte.
19. There is a ferry across the
Lake here.



EOUTE 22.

Stirling to Loch Lomond (Bal-
loch), by Drymen, Forth and
Clyde Bail.

30^ m. 4 trains daily in 2 to 2^
hrs.

The Forth and Clyde Juuct. Rly.
connects the two great central rivers
of Scotland, and runs in the wide
strath between the Fintry and
Campsie Hills on the S., and the
advanced posts of the Highland
ranges on the N. Leaving Stirling
from the joint stat., the line turns
sharply round to the 1., underneath
the Castle rock, and follows the rt.



C. Scotland. Route 22. — Camime Hills.



183



bank of the Forth, passing rt. Craig-
forth (H. Houldsworth, Esq.), and 1.
Touch, the seat of Sir H. Seton-
Steuart ; and keeping on 1. the Gar-
gunnock Hills. This name (eaer-
guineach) means a conical fort, and
relates to the Peel of Gargunnock,
long since swept away, which was
held by the English for some time
against the attacks of Wallace, who
was encamped on Keir Hill. Between
6 m. Gargunnock Stat, and Kipjyen
Stat. 9 m. are on 1. Leckie (K. ]\Ioir,
Esq. ), and Boquahan (H. F. Campbell,
Esq. ) . The Fin try range of hills now
succeeds, a picturesque series of trap
hills, of the same geological age as
the Campsie Fells, which are seen in
the distance.

13 m. Port of Menteith Stat. (Rte.
31). This is the nearest j)oint to the
Lake of Menteith, 5 m.

154 m. Bucklyvie Stat. (Inn :
Crown) ; nearest point to Aberfoyle
and Loch Ard. The line, wdiich has
been gradually ascending, reaches the
highest point between the Forth and
Clyde, The country all around is
uninteresting, and rather barren, but
the distant peaks of the Highlands
are frequently seen.

20 m. Balfron Stat., the line of
the Glasgow Waterworks is crossed
in its way from Loch Katrine. The
village (on the 1.) is prettily situated
on the Endrick Water, a consider-
able stream rising in the Fintry Hills,
and flo\^dng into Loch Lomond.

22 m. Gartness Stat.

23 m. Drynicn Stat. The village
is 2 m. off, 1 m. farther is Buchanan
House, seat of the Duke of Montrose,
a modern house amid fine grounds
and woods. It contains a portrait
of the Marquis of Montrose, by
Van Dyck (?). The rly. approaches
more closely the Campsie Hills, and
should the tourist have time he
will find that between this and



Glasgow there is some very curious
and romantic scenery which will
repay exploration. [The pedestrian
can easily walk from Drymeu to
Strathblane and Lennoxtown, 11 m.,
thus intersecting this range of hills,
and taking at the latter j)lace the rly.
to Glasgow ; or he may w'alk to Miln-
gavie, 10 m., and then take another
branch line. About 2 m. from the
Drymen Stat, is the Finnich Glen,
a very remarkable gorge rent in
the sandstone beds for the Finnich
Water ; the sides rising vertically
from the bed of the stream nearly
100 ft., though in some parts scarcely
10 ft. across. In one part of the glen
is a large tabular mass of sandstone,
known as the " The Devil's Pulpit."
From the Finnich Glen the road
ascends for some distance through
the Kilpatrick Hills to 5 m. rt.
Auchinedin (J. Pollock, Esq.), close
to which is the very singular hill
called " The JFhangie," where a
considerable chasm runs parallel
with the face of the cliff for about
350 ft. The rock consists of green-
stone overlying the old red sand-
stone. The view from the Whangie,
overlooking the Highlands, Strathen-
drick. Lake of Menteith, and Loch
Lomond, is one of the finest near
Glasgow. Should the traveller have
elected to turn off" to Strathblane, a
little before reaching the Finnich
Glen, he wdll there find plenty to
interest him. The hills of Dun-
foyne and Dungoyne, outliers of the
Campsie Hills, are remarkably bold
and picturesque. About halfway to
Strathblane is the ruin of Duntreath
Castle, 15th centy. " The possessor
of the barony of Duntreath enjoyed
the fullest feudal powers, and the
dungeons and stocks still remaining
attest the extent of the authority
once exercised by the nobility and
higher gentry of Scotland." — Burke.

The village of Strathblane is very
prettily situated on the Blane, that
rises in the adjoining heights of Earl's



184



Route 22. — '-Milngavie ; Ballocli.



Sect. IL



Seat (1510 ft.), and flows into the
Finnieh.

1 ni. from Strathblane is Ballagan
GJeii, Avhere the Blane leaps down in
a succession of cascades, here called
the Spout of Ballagan. There is a
fine geological section of strata,
known as the Ballagan beds, consist-
ing of thin bedded limestones, sand-
stones, clays, and shales, of the lower
carboniferous age, the whole being
overlaid by ti-ap. Farther on towards
Campsie is the isolated trap boss of
Dunglass Hill, shomng columnar
structure. Between Strathblane and
Milngavie is the Mugdock Mescrvoi?'
of the Glasgow Waterworks, 70 acres
in area, holding 200,000,000 gallons,
311 ft. above sea-level, which descend
in pipes 7 m. to Glasgow.



10 m. (from Drymen) Milngavie,
locally called Milingay, is a pretty
little town, with some print-works
and mills. From hence a short rly.
of 7 m. joins the Edinburgh and
Glasgow line at Cowlairs.]

The main line proceeds in a south-
westerly direction, calling at

26^ m. Kilmarnock Stat., and at

29 m. James Totem, where are
some of the largest print-works in
Scotland.

30 m. Balloch Junct. Stat. Here
the tomist for Loch Lomond will
embark in the steamer at the foot of
the lake (Rte. 19), or if going S. to
Glasgow Avill have to change car-
riages, Balloch Hotel, good.



SECTION III— WESTERN SCOTLAND.



Estuary of the Clyde — Bute — Arran — Lochs Long, Goil, Fyne,
Awe — Etive — Linnhe — Inveraray — Oban — Mull — Iona— Staffa
— Glencoe — Ben Nevis — Caledonian Canal.

INTRODUCTION.

§ L General Ivformatioii. § 2. Objects of Interest.



ROUTES.



ROUTE

23 Descent of t/ie Clyde. Glas-

gow to Arran, by Greenock
and Wemyss Bay
23a Glasgow to Greenock and
Wemyss Bay, by Paisley
and Bridge of Weir — Rail

24 Glasgow to Canipheltoion by

sea. Mull of Canty re .

25 Campbeltown to Tarhert, by

Barr, and JFest Tarhert Loch

26 Glasgow to May and Jura .

27 Glasgow to C>&a?i, by the Clyde, 204

Dunoon, Botlusayj Kylesof
Bute, Loch Fyne, Ardrish-
aig, the Crinan Canal

28 Ardrishaig to Oban, by Loch

Awe and Gorge of the
Brander ....

29 Glasgow to Inveraray, by

Dunoon,Kihmin,Holy Loch ,
Loch Eck, and Loch Fyne .

3 Glasgow to I n verara y , hjLoch
Goil or by Loch Long, and
Arrochar ....

31 Loch Lomond (Tarbet) to
Oban, by the Pass of Glen-



188



199



199



202



209



213



216



217



ROUTE PAGE

croe, Inveraray, Loch Awe,
and Dalmally . . .218

34 Loch Lomond to Fort-AVil-

liam, by Tyndrum, Glencoe,
and Ballachulish . . 225

35 Oban to Staffa and Iona, a

Cruise round the Island of
Mull . . . '. 229

36 Oban to Bannavie, by Loch

Linnhe, Appin, Ballachu-
lish (Glencoe), and i^o?'^ JVil-
liam — Ben Nevis . .238
36Ax\rdgour to LocJis Sunart and
Moidart, by Strontian and
Salen . . . .242

37 Bannavie to Arisaig, by Glen-
frnnan and Loch Shiel . 242
Fort- William to Kingussie,

by Glen S2)ean, Glen Roy
(the Parallel Roads), and
Loch Laggan . . .245
Bannavie to Inverness, by
the Caledonian Canal, Fort-
Augustus, Loch Oich, Loch
Ness, Siudi Fall of Foyers . 247



38



39



§ 1. General Information.

The Routes comprised in this Section form an almost uninterrupted
waterway, and it may be truly said that few districts in Britain excel
in beauty the Estuary of the Clyde and the numerous sea-lochs or
fiords which branch out of it, penetrating into the very heart of the
grandest mountain chains. Thus there is the greatest variety of
scenery, starting from the flat borders of Dumbarton and Renfrew-
shire, and ending in the wild glens of Argyll and Inverness.
{^Scotland. "[ I 2



186 § 1. General Information. Sect. III.

" The scenery of the Highlands has a peculiar character, the im-
press of a grand melancholy. In those mists which veil the hills, I
could imagine the presence of Ossianic Sj)irits." — W.

Every part of this district is now made accessible hj Steamboats.
Between Glasgow, Greenock, and Rothesay, the traffic is like that of
the cabs in the Strand, or the gondolas in the Grand Canal of
Venice, dashing past every minute, or constantly crossing to and
fro. Some of them are magnificent in size and equipment, such is
the well-known " Iona " — a floating palace.

Mr, Geikie gives an interesting explanation of the formation of
this fine scenery : — " I do not know a better illustration of the
softer schists, in. producing smooth-sloped hills, than along the W.
side of the Firth of Clyde, between the Kyles of Bute and the Gare-
loch. A band of clay-slate runs across the Island of Bute, skirts the
Firth by Inellan and Dunoon, crosses the mouth of Loch Long and
the Gareloch, and skirts them to Loch Lomond. It is easy to trace
this strip of rock by the smooth undulating form of its hills, which
remind us rather of the scenery of the southern uplands than of the
Highlands. Behind the clay-slate lies a region of hard quartzose
rocks, and the contrast between their rough craggy outlines and the
tame features of the clay-slate is a peculiar part of the scenery of
the Clyde. It is to these harder rocks that we owe the ruggedness
of the mountains that sweep from the shores of Loch Fyne through
Cowal, across the Holy Loch, Loch Goil, Argyll's Bowling Green,
and Loch Long, into the heights of Ben Lomond." — " Scenery of
Scotland."

The Steam Fleet of Hutchinson and Co. {see Advertisements)
deserves, on the whole, high praise for appointment and good man-
agement. They have good restaurants on board — at moderate
prices. They touch at all the ports of the West Coast, and penetrate
to most of the Islands, except St. Kilda.

The shores of the Clyde from Glasgow to Greenock are almost
one continuous town, interesting alike as a great field of human
activity and industry. Nature's refined beauties ; while lower down,
as far as the open sea, they are dotted with watering-places — the
Brightons of Glasgow — and with neat villas or stately mansions of
its manufacturers and merchants.

The impressive Rock and Castle of Dumbarton alone, in such a
scene, throw back. the mind to ancient days. Below Greenock, the
Steam Passenger fleet, as a general rule, divides into two lines, owing
to the increased width of the Clyde. One set follow the N. shore by
Dunoon and Rothesay ; the other keeps by the S. shore, by Wemyss
Bay, Largs, Millport, Arran, and Ayr.



W.Scotland. §2. Objects of Interest. 187

A visit to Arran, 4 J hrs. from Glasgow, is highly recommended ;
Arraii is a model on a small scale of Alpine scenery ; full of beauties.
The two trysting-places in this district, for which, almost all tra-
vellers in the Highlands direct their steps, are, Inveraray on Loch
Fyne, and Obcm, the Charing Cross of the Highlands, and the start-
ing-point for Staffa and lona, for Skye, Glencoe, and the Caledonian
Canal. They may be reached by the following rontes : —

Inveraray. — (A.) By Loch Lomond, Tarbet, and Pass of Glencroe
(Rtes. 19 and 31.)
(B.) By Loch Long, Arrochar, and Pass of Glencroe

(Rtes. 30 and 31.)
(C.) By Loch Goil and St. Catharine's (Rte. 30.)
Oban. — By A, B, or C, as far as Inveraray.

(D.) Thence by Loch Awe and Cladich {Steamer), or

DalmaUy (Rte. 31.)
By steamer from Glasgow or Greenock, by Rothesay,
Kyles of Bute, Ardrishaig and Crinan Canal
(Rte. 27.)
There are excellent Inns in this district, at Tarbet, Oban, In-
veraray, Rothesay, Dunoon, Wemyss Bay, Brodick, etc.

The Clyde Estuary and all Lochs branching from it are peculiarly
well suited for Yachting — in fact the best possible mode of explor-
ing them is by yachts. The reader is referred to the Chapter in
Section IV.

§ 2. Objects op Interest.

Dumbarton. — Rock ; Castle ; Shipbuilding.

Fort-Glasgoio. — Newark Castle.

Ch'eenocl'. — Quay ; Watt Monument and Statue ; Reservoir.

Largs. — The Cumbraes ; Millport ; Ejiiscopal College.

Arran. — Brodick Bay and Castle ; Goatfell ; Glen Rosa ; Corrie ;
Glen Sannox ; Loch Ranza j Tormoor Circles ; Kildonan Castle ;
Holy Island ; Lamlash.

Cantyre. — Saddell Castle; Abbey.

Gamiobeltown. — Cross ; Mull of Cantyre ; Bengullion ; Achana-
ton ; Caves ; Dunaverty Castle ; Barr Glen ; Mausdale ; Largie.

Tarhert. — E. and "VV. Lochs ; Castle ; Loch Fyne ; Herring
Fishery.

Islay. — Coast scenery : Kildalton Crosses ; Port Ellen ; Caves ;
Jura ; Paps ; Oronsay monuments.

Dunoon. — Kilmun Church ; Loch Eck.

Bute. — Rothesay Castle ; Mount Stuart ; Scalpsie Bay ; Kyles of
Bute ; Ormidale ; Loch Fyne.



188



Pmde 23. — Descent of the Clyde: Arran. Sect. III.



Ardrishaig. — Criiian Canal ; Lochgilphead ; Easdale slate-quar-
ries ; Kilmartin ; Carnassary Castle ; Pass of Melfort.

Loch Awe. — Islands ; Ben Cruachan ; Kilchurn Castle ; Inisfail
Island ; Pass of B]ander.

Loch Long. — Loch Goil ; Arrochar ; the Cohbler ; Tarbet.

Helensburgh. — Gareloch ; Glenfruin ; Roseneatli ; Loch Long.

Glencroe. — Pass to Cairndow ; Rest-and-be-Thankful.

Inveraray. — Castle ; Cross ; Woods ; Ary Falls ; Dunaquaich.

Dalmally. — Ben Cruachan ; Kilchurn Castle.

Ohan. — Bay ; Dunolly Castle ; Dunstaffnage Castle ; Loch Etive ;
Ardchattan Priory ; Dunmacsniochan ; Connell Ferry.



ROUTE 23.

Descent of the Clyde — Glasgow
to Arran, by Greenock and
"Wemyss Bay.

t Denotes landing Piers.

The tourist may take his choice of
steamers to Greenock from 7 in the
morning, as there is scarcely a
quarter of an hour in the day during
which there is not some departure
for Greenock, which port all the
Clyde steamers touch at on their
way to the various watering-pLaces,
whether situated on the N. or S.
coasts of the Futh. Meals provided
on board.

Steamers twice a day to Arran
(from Greenock) ; in about 4 hrs. to
Brodick, by Largs or by Rothesay.

About an hour will be saved by
taking the Railways to Greenock or
Wemyss Bay on the 1. bank, or to
Dumbarton or Helensburgh on the
rt., and embarking there. (See Rte.
23a.) The High Level Railway by
Bridge of Weir is recommended as
commanding finer views than are seen
from the steamboats. {See Rte. 23a.)

Moving off from the Broomiclaiv,
which "with its crowded shipping and
busy wharves presents a great con-
trast to the time when it obtained
its name from the quantity of Broom
growing on it, we pass on rt. the



quay, where the deep-sea steamers
for England and Ireland are berthed.
1. Iron-roofed shed at Springfield,
where the heavier shijDS load. To
these succeed long lines of iron ship-
building yards, the number and
magnitude of which attest the pre-
eminence that the Clyde has over
all other rivers in this sj^ecial and im-
portant manufacture. Indeed, from
Glasgow to Greenock, a distance of
22 m., it is studded ^^-ith a succession
of shipbuilding yards and marine
engine sheds, of Avhich the passenger
is reminded by the constant din of
thousands of hammers. On the rt.
bank may be seen transatlantic
steamers, and 1. tiers of foreign
liners for America, East Indies, and
Australia.

Rt. is the Napier DocTc, where the
Cunard steamers are engined, and on
the W. is the Lancefield Quay. To
this succeeds the 5^ard of the Thom-
sons, whence the "lona" and her
sister ships were launched ; and
beyond is that of Napier at Govan,
whence issued the "Persia" and
"Black Prince," and most of the
"Cunard" fleet.

1. The village and spire of Govan,
where are several shipbuilding yards,
beyond which is Sliieldhall. On rt.
+ Partick, where the Kelvin brook
joins the Clyde near the steam build-
ing yard and graving-Z>ocA; of Tod
and M'Gregor.



W. Scotland. Route 23. — The Clyde: Renfreii:



189



1. Fail-field, the shipbuilding yard
of John Elder and Co., the largest
on the Clyde, employing 5000 men.

rt. Jordanhill (A. Smith, Esq.)
and Scotstown (J. Gordon Oswald,
Esq. ) are large and handsome houses,
charmingly situated, with a back-
ground of the Kilpatrick Hills, which
now appear in the distance.

1. Opposite Scotstown are the ship-
yard of Linthouse, and Elderslie
(Mrs. Speirs), an ancient mansion,
once known as The King's Inch, pro-
bably from the fact that the course
of the river was then different, and
made an inch, or island, of the spot.
At Elderslie Sir Wm. AVallace was
born. Behind Elderslie, amongst
the trees, is

1. Renfrew, the capital of the
county, which gives the title of Baron
to the Prince of Wales. Though now
an insignificant place (4163 inhab.),
it was once a royal burgh. PmU to
Paisley.

On rt. is the village of Yoker, and
opposite are the woods and grounds
of Blytlisicoocl (A. Campbell, Esq.),
bounded on the W. by the Cart,
formed by two streams, the Black
and White Cart, which, rising in the
Ayi'shire Hills, unite at Inchinnan,
2 m. below Paisley, and here join
the Clyde. It has been celebrated
by Burns in his song of the Gallant
Weaver — "where Cart rins rowing
to the sea." Near Inchinnan Bridge
the Earl of Argyle was arrested, 1685,
as a rebel. Farther on rt. is a cut to
the Forth and Clyde Canal.

The grand works for widening and
deepening the channel of the Clyde
will not fail to arrest the stranger's
attention. Since 1770 nearly six
millions sterling have been expended
on these operations, which have em-
ployed the skill of such engineers as
Smeaton, Watt, Rennie, Telford, and
Walker. At that time the Clyde
was fordable opposite where the
Broomielaw now stands. 4 m. be-
low the town a trap-dyke, which
crossed ^the stream 900 ft. long



by 300 broad, discovered by a line
grounding on it, 1852, was blast-
ed by gunpowder, so as to open
a channel 14 ft. deep at low water.
Whole mountains of rock and earth
have been raised from the bottom by
dredging, and either laid on the
banks or carried in barges out to sea.
The banks, formerly defended by
dykes, now, for a long distance, rise
above the level of high water, and
need no protection but loose whin-
stone rubble. The result is that
vessels drawing 22 ft. can now moor
alongside the quay at Glasgow.
The steamer now runs parallel with
(rt.) the rly. between Glasgow and
Loch Lomond (Pvte. 19), the Kil-
patrick range of trap hills forming,
with their steep wooded banks and
craggy escarpments, a very beauti-
ful backgi'ound. Before arriving
at (rt.) the village of Kilpatrick are
the heights of Duntocher, where is a
large establishment of spinning-mills.

The opening reach of the river is
very fine, with the magnificent rock
of Dumbarton standing as sentinel
over the crowded waterway, seamed
in every direction by lines of smoke
from the numerous steamers, river
and sea-going. In clear weather Ben
Lomond's top may be discerned.

To Dunglass on rt. succeeds a pic-
turesque valley, in which is Auchen-
torlie (A. Buchanan, Esq.), and
above it the print-works of Milton,
backed up by the wooded hill of
Dumbuck, an outlier of the Kil-
patrick hills, and the modern Scot-
tish mansion of Merton (F. White,
Esq.) Then comes a low strath,
through which the Leven flow^s from
Loch Lomond into the Clyde ; and
on its banks the shipbuilding yards
of \ Dumbarton, nestling under the
shadow of the two-peaked rock (Rte.
19). Both shores are lined with
residences, including on the 1. Fin-
layston, in former times the resi-
dence of Lord Glencairn, patron of
John Knox.

On rt. is Cardross, where Lord



190 Boute 23.— Descent of the Clyde : Greenock Sect. III.



Macciulay's grandfather was minister,
1774-89, and beyond it is Ardmore
Point. On both banks may be seen
the steam of the locomotive ; that on
rt. from the Glasgow and Helens-
burgh Ely, and on 1. from the
Greenock line.

On 1. -^ Port-GJasgoto (Inhab.
9851), designed, as its name indi-
cates, to be the harbour of Glasgow,
but since the river has been so much
deepened it has declined in import-
ance, and ships that do not stop at
Greenock go right up to the city.
Near the town, on a low peninsula, is
the Castle of Newark, a large quad-
rangular pile* of the 16th centy., but
much modernised. Over the dooi-way
is the date, and an inscription, " The
blessing of God be hereon." It be-
longed to the Dennistouns, and is
now the property of the Shaw-
Stewart family.

Looking N., the tourist sees the
beautiful entrance to the Gareloch,
backed by the rough mountains of
Argyllshire, flanked on one side by
the gleaming white houses of

+ Helensburgh (Rte. 19), a favourite
watering-place, reached by steamer
every hour, in a few minutes from
Greenock, and on the other by Eose-
ncath, the lovely marine villa of the
Duke of Argyll (Rte. 19).

On 1. the forest of masts and the
general bustle betoken the town of

t Greenock Stat. (Refreshment
and waiting rooms on the piers.)
{Inns: Tontine, good), a busy seaport,
(population, 57,146), important like-
wise for its trade and industry, for its
sugar refineries, shipbuilding yards
and docks — for its cotton and woollen
spinning, ironworks, etc. The ex-
treme beauty of its situation must
not be forgotten, on the broad ex-
panse of the Clyde, gay with ship-
ping, in every position and every
variety of fonn. The passing tra-
veller Avill be glad to quit its narrow
and bustling streets, and as nearly
100 steamers touch here in a day, an
opportunity will quickly present



itself. The fine buildings upon the
Quay are the Custom-house in the
Grecian, and the Mariners' Asylum,
in the Elizabethan styles. The
theatre originally built \>j Kemble
is now the Sugar Exchange.

The heights behind the town are
worth ascending for the sake of the
romantic Highland vicio over sea
and mountain ; which may be ad-
vantageously commanded from the
picturesque Cemetery. The tourist
should at all events run up to the
Well Park, laid out in gardens im-
mediately above the station. It was
presented to the town by Sir M.
Shaw-Stewart.

In Greenock James Watt was
born.

The birthplace of Watt has been
pulled down, but its site is now occu-
pied by the Watt tavern, close to
Dalrymple Street. The gi-eat en-
gineer is however commemorated in
Greenock in the Watt Monument —
a modern Gothic building in Union-
st., W. of the town — built by his son,
to contain a library presented by
him, and a statue by Chantrey, raised
by public subscription.

The town is well supplied with
water from a reservoir of 300 acres,
called Loch Thom, or "Shaw's
Water," about 6 m. to the S. As it
is situated at a height of 500 ft.
above the sea, the water when near-
ing the town is turned to economical



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