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firs. On the west is seen the mountain of Finlarig, covered with thick wood to the summit, rearing its immense bulk above the western extremity of the lake and the village of Killin. Trees of a large size begin to rise on each side of the road, which soon enters a thick forest, the surrounding objects being however occasionally visible from particular points. The noise of a rushing stream is heard, and in a few minutes the bridge of Lochy appears with the long straggling village of Killin, on the other side, under the brow of the highest mountain. Glenlochy, which at this place opens into the plain, and is described as a pastoral glen in Braidalbane, pretty thickly peopled, stretches from the northern point of the west end of Loch Tay, for about twelve or fourteen miles, to the north-west and west. The lowest extremity of the glen next the lake is entirely covered with wood, from the top of the highest hill on the north, to the summit of Finlarig on the south. In the depth of the forest above is heard the roar of the river as it dashes down its narrow rocky channel, totally concealed from view by the overhanging wood from which the flood emerges at the bridge, and then winds slow, smooth, and silent along the whole breadth of the spacious and rich plain below, till it joins
the waters of the Dochart, with which it enters the lake at the southern point of its western extremity. This is another seat of the earl of Braidalbane, the ancient residence of the knights of Glenurchay ;-a noble situation, inferior only to the Ballach, which in many particulars of its scènery it strongly resembles. The vast mountain, covered all over with wood of similar size and variety, the immense rocks, raging torrents, the rich green plain and meandering river, and spreading lake also, occur here; the objects being nearly the same, their extent and disposition different. A bloody battle or skirmish is said to have taken place in this neighbourhood. A party of Macdonalds, probably from Glenco, at variance with the Campbells of this quarter, made one of the usual inroads into the country for the purposes of plunder; and a party of the Campbells, assembled at an entertainment in the great hall of Finlarig, having heard that the Macdonalds were on their return with an immense booty, immediately rose and pursued the plunderers over the adjoining hill of Strone Chlachan. The Campbells were at first defeated, but a reinforcement having been sent by the chief of Ballach, who had been informed of the incursion, the pursuit and skirmish were renewed,
and the Macdonalds being defeated, the booty was recovered. This is but one of the most common incidents in the ancient feuds of the clans. The whole of this district is highly interesting, not only on account of the noble specimen of highland scenery which it exhibits; but also from the view which it presents of the ancient race, and the former state of highland population; the people being here in a great measure retained, although under circumstances considerably improved, while the greater portion of these formerly populous valleys are now uninhabited wastes, with hardly a trace of their ancient thickly-peopled condition.
Killin-Dochart, river, rocks--Macnab's burial ground-Glen
Dochart — Loch Dochart - Benmore, mountain Island and fortress in Loch Dochart - Macgregors - Floating islet-Strathfillan-Etterick river - Crinlarich-St. Fillan -Sacred pool-Superstitions - Tyandrum-Lead mine General ridge of Scotland, and descent of the waters into the Atlantic and German Oceans-Tay river, its sources almost on the shores of the Atlantic-General description of its course to the German Ocean-Gradual increase in general bulk of the mountains, from the lower to the higher extremity of Tay valley-Smuggled whiskey, a staple commodity of the highlands; manufactured to a great extent; method of avoiding seizure; mode of conveyance; persons who engage in the smuggling trade-Effect of the lately adopted plan of licensing small stills.
THE village of Killin, if it be understood as comprising all those houses and cottages, some
covered with slate, others thatched with straw or fern, which, with long wide intervals between them, extend along the whole breadth of the west-end of the lake, from the Lochy on the north, to the Dochart on the south, is about a mile in length. But if all these buildings were contiguous, the extent of the village would not be very considerable, although it is much larger than Kenmore. The inhabitants are chiefly mechanics and little shopkeepers, to supply the work and articles of consumption commonly required in the vicinity. The inn, which stands about midway between the rivers, like that of Kenmore, is good, and affords proper accommodation for travellers with their horses and carriages.
Proceeding from the bridge of Lochy the traveller has the rich green plain, divided by the winding course of the river and the wide expanse of the lake, on the left; and, on the right, the towering mass of Finlarig, with all its woods, till, on approaching near the southern point, the valley of Glen Dochart opens to the view, with its large and rapid river. A ledge of rock rises from the middle of the stream, a little higher than the surface of the water, and forms an island for the most part covered with wood, dividing the flood into two branches, over each of which there is a bridge, one from