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PREFACE.



    The object which has been aimed at in the following pages is to furnish the tourist with an accurate and intelligent guide to the principal points of scenery, and the most interesting localities, in our Western Highlands. The truth of the adage --'a great book, a great evil,'--is seldom more deeply felt than when one is travelling. In such circumstances an ordinary octavo, or even a fashionable duodecimo, is often found to be an exceedingly troublesome companion. No tourist can comfortably "take the road" with a book in his pocket exceeding snuff-box dimensions. Under this conviction we have arranged our materials in the smallest convenient form. The limits we have prescribed to ourselves have indeed imposed upon us a necessity for great condensation and brevity, yet we are not aware that we have, in a single instance, withheld any really useful information from the tourist: nay we have sometimes, it will perhaps be thought, used a Cicerone's privilege, and anticipated more questioning than some who may place themselves under our guidance, feel inclined to put.us to. In selecting and arranging the different routes laid down in the following pages, we have studied to instruct the tourist how he may employ his time to most advantage; not exactly how he may get over the most ground in the least possible time,--but how he may see most of what is really most worthy of being seen in the Western Highlands, in any given number of hours or days. The first excursions suggested to him are limited to a few hours in length, such as he may achieve in an odd morning or afternoon. For the next it will be necessary that he set apart an entire day. The last class of routes are of a more ambitious character and undefined in length : some of them may indeed be accomplished in a couple of days, but others will employ an entire week, and all of them may be indefinitely varied and protracted at the tourist's pleasure.

GLASGOW, 1835.


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