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Guide to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
By George Anderson and Peter Anderson of Inverness (1850)


The Authors having been induced to remodel this Guide, by commencing the Routes between Inverness and the South, not at Inverness as a central point, as in previous editions, but at the opposite extremities, so as better to serve the purpose of the stranger visiting the Highlands, necessarily had to rewrite these portions; and they, with some confidence, anticipate that these alterations produce a very material improvement in all respects. They have again visited several parts of the country, and made personal acquaintance with some other districts which they had not had previous opportunity of inspecting for themselves—thus giving freshness and novelty to the narrative. They have also subjected the whole work to so thorough a revision, and have introduced so much new matter into their pages, that they are encouraged to hope that it will now be found not only a very complete Guide Book to the Highlands and Islands, even in their most remote and sequestered byeways, but also a readable, as well as comprehensive compilation, for the closet or the fireside. To accommodate the Volume to the wants of Tourists throughout the whole of Scotland, a condensed Sketch of the Lowlands has been added, by which the Authors have endeavoured to direct the Traveller's notice to the points of most interest, as well as to promote his acquaintance with the subjects it passes in rapid survey before him.

It is with much gratification the Authors acknowledge the prompt attention they have received from the numerous parties they have applied to for details of information, for this as of former Editions. They have felt called upon already to express their special sense of obligation to the Reverend Charles Clouston of Stromness, in Orkney, for his description of the Orkney Islands—to the late Mr. George Sutherland Taylor of Dornoch —and to Mr. Robert Sutherland Taylor, sheriff-substitute of the eastern division of Ross-shire, by whom the nucleus of the Branch Routes to the North and West of Sutherlandshire was furnished ; and to the Reverend Dr. M`Intosh Mackay of Dunoon, who has kindly supplied the greater part of the description of Islay. But they cannot with propriety continue to avail themselves of the labours of these gentlemen without renewed acknowledgment. Through the kindness of Mr. Thomas Fraser, sheriff-substitute of Skye, several gaps in the delineation of the scenery of that island will now be found to be filled up; and the Authors are indebted to Mr. George May, resident engineer of the Caledonian Canal, for the amended lucid history and account of that national undertaking—the most full and complete yet presented to the public. The details of the Roman Camps at Ardoch, and other particulars regarding Strathearn, were communicated by a gentleman conversant with the antiquities of the neighbourhood—Mr. Thomas Soutar, writer, Crieff.

Though the plan of the first Edition led to greater use being made, than in subsequent Editions, of the benefits of the scientific aid, which the kindness of Drs. Hibbert, Sir W. J. Hooker, Sir Roderick Impey Murcheson, and the Reverend George Gordon of Birnie, put at their command, the Authors would again tender their grateful acknowledgments to these gentlemen. This Edition is enriched with a valuable synopsis of the Geology of Morayshire by Alexander Robertson, Esq., of Elgin.

In conclusion, the Authors would repeat their request, that any inaccuracies or defects may be pointed out to them, in order to future correction.

6h August 1850.


Section I

General Observations on the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Section II

Approaches to and Travelling in the Highlands, Highland Roads, Coaches, Inns, Steam Navigation, &c.

Section III


From Glasgow to Oban, Fort William, and Inverness
   By the Crinan Canal to Oban
   To Oban by Loch Lomond
   To Fort-William by Loch Lomond
   To Ohan by Inverary
   To Inverary by Loch Lomond
   To Inverary by the Gairloch, Loch Goil, and Loch Eck
   Inverary to Oban
   Oban to Inverness

Branch A. - Stirling, by Lochearn-head, to Tyndrum, and, by Callander, to Loch Catrine, Lochs Lomond, Chon, Ard, and Monteith
Branch B. From Fort-William to Arisaig and Moidart
Branch C. Loch Arkaig
Branch D. Loch Lagan Road and Parallel Roads of Glen Roy
Branch E. From Invergarry to Loch Hournhead and Cluany
Branch F. From Invermoriston to Kyle Rhea and Kyle Akin

Section IV

Town of Inverness

Section V


Perth to Inverness, across the Grampians, by the Highland road, through Athole, Bedenoch, Strathspay, and Strathdearn

Branch A. From Crieff and Greenloaning Station, by Lochearn-head, Killin, and Kenmore, to Tummel Bridge and Blair, and by Aberfeldy to Dunkeld; and by Curricmucklach and Aberfeldy to Dalnacardoch
   To Amulree and Aberfeldy
   To Lochearn-head, &c
Branch B. From Blair-Athole to Grantown, in Strathspey, by Glen Tilt and the Castletown of Braemar
Branch C. Routes across the Grampians to Braemar and Athole, with Loch-an-Eilan, Cairngorm, &c.
Branch D. Strathspey and Lochindorbh
Branch E. Strathdearn and the River Findhorn
Branch F. Strathnairn and Stratherrick
               Ballichernocb Road

Section VI


Aberdeen to Inverness by sea, and through the Counties of Aberdeen, Banff, Elgin, and Nairn
   Route through Buchan to Peterhead and Banff
   Mid Road, from Aberdeen to Banff, by Old Meldrum and Turriff
   The Upper, or Great North Road, by Huntly to Inverness

Branch A. Inverness to the field of the battle of Culloden, to Clava, Castles Dalcross, Kilravock, and Cawdor, to Fort-George, and to the Findhorn
    Battle of Culloden, or Drummossie Moor
    Ancient Stone Monuments at Clava
    Dalcrossor Dacus Castle
    Kilravock Castle
    Cawdor (anciently Calder) Castle

Section VII


Inverness to Tain, Golspie, Wick, Thurso and John o' Groats

Branch A. Beauly to Strathglass, Glen Strathfarar, Glen Cannich, Glen Affrick, and thence to Kintail
   Passes from Strathglass to the West Coast
   Glen Strathfarar, branching off from Strathglass at Struy    Glencannich
   The Chisholm's Pass and Strath Affrick
Branch B. (The Black Isle). Inverness, by Kessock Ferry, to Dingwall, Redcastle, Avoch, Fortrose, and Cromarty
Branch C. Dingwall to the Western Coast of Ross-shire
   1st. Branch Road, Strathgarve to Ullapool
   2d. Branch Road from Auchnasheen to Lochs Maree, Torridon, and Gairloch
   3d. Branch Road from Jeantown to Shieldaig and Applecross
Branch D. Bonar Bridge to Tongue, Duirness, and Cape Wrath
Branch E. From Bonar Bridge to Loch Inver of Assynt, and from Assynt to Durness
   From Assynt to Duirness
Branch F. Tongue to Thurso

Note to Route Fourth.

(1.) Dunrobin Castle
(2.) Herring, Cod, and Ling Fisheries
(3.) Strathpeffer
(4.) Meikle Ferry and llornoch ; Errata and Addenda
(5.) Steam Communication to the West of Ross and Sutherlandshire

Section VIII

The Western Isles and Cantyre

A. Isle of Arran and Ailsa Craig
B. Knapdale and Cantyre.
   From Fort-William to Campbelltown and the Mull of Cantyre, by land, along the coast
      (1.) Fort-William to Oban
      (2.) Do. to Lochgilphead
      (3.) Knapdale
      (4.) Cantyre. 1. West Side
      (4.) Cantyre  2. East Side.
C. Islands of Islay and Jura, Colonsay and Oronsay
    Colonsay and Oronsay
D. Mull, Iona, and Staffa
    Sound of Mull
E. Skye and Rasay
    Division I. Skye—From Armadale, Kyle Rhea, and Kyle Akin, to Dunvegan and Duntulm
    Division II. Skye—Cave of Strathaird, Coruishk, Glen Sligachan
    Division III. Broadford to Brochel Castle, in Rasay
F. The Outer Hebrides, or the Long Island
G. St. Kilda

Section IX

The Orkney and Zetland Islands

Part 1st. The Orkney Islands
              Natural history
Part 2d.  The Zetland Islands
             Natural History

Note to Sections VI. and VIII. and Errata, and Addenda as to the Lews, &c.


Directions for visiting the Lowlands

I. The Tweed, The Border Country, and Clysesdale
   Edinburgh to the Tweed
   Kelso to Jedburgh and Hawick
   Hawick to Melrose and Selkirk
   Ettrick Forest
   Moffat to Selkirk, by the Yarrow
   Selkirkto Peebles and Lanark
   Lanark to Hamilton
   Hamilton to Glasgow

II. Edinburgh to Glasgow and Ayr and the Land of Burns, the Coasts of Galloway and Dumfries
    Edinburgh to Glasgow
    Glasgow to Ayr
    The Galloway Coast

III. Main Railway Lines through Scotland
    1. Berwick to Edinburgh
    2. Caledonian Railway
    3. The Edinburgh and Northern Railway to Dundee and Perth
    4. The Scottish Central Railway, Greenhill Junction, to Perth, Castle Campbell, and the Scenery of the Devon
    5. The Dundee and Perth, Dundee and Arbroath, Scottish Midland Junction, and Arbroath and Forfar Railway
    6. The Aberdeen Railway

Note to Section II.—Erratum as to Roads on the West Coast of Ross and Sutherland shires
   Table of Distances

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