This excursion will afford the tourist some fine sea-views, although it leads him along the picturesque shore of the frith. In a preceding tour he has been conducted to Greenock. Leaving that port, the steamer makes direct for Kempoch point, about 3 miles farther down. The villas on the shore to the left are Rosebank, Seabank, Glenpark, Finnart Ladyburn house, and Bridgend. Gourock is a considerable village, occupying the western side of a capacious bay. It commands a noble sea-view; and the walks along the shore, towards the Cloch, are very beautiful; also possesses greater facilities for steam-conveyance either up or down the river, than any other village on the frith. The Comet steam-boat was run down by the Ayr steam-packet off Kempoch point on the 21st of October, 1825, when upwards of forty lives were lost. She sunk only a few yards from the shore. A very neat chapel-of-ease has recently been erected here. Kempoch bay, stretching from the point of that name to the Cloch lighthouse, is becoming a favourite place of resort. The shore is already well-filled with neat substantial houses, which may be regarded as a continuation of Gourock village.
A mile farther along this coast is the old ruin of Laven tower, crowning a fine eminence; in its neighbourhood are three modern villas, called Laven temple, Laven castle, and Glen Laven cottage. Another mile farther on is the Cloch lighthouse, one of the,most important beacons on the Clyde. It is a circular tower rising to the height of 80 feet, erected at a point where the frith suddenly changes its direction. The jurisdiction of the water-baille of Glasgow terminates here. There is here a regular ferry to and from Dunoon on the opposite coast. The view from the Cloch point is superb: embracing an extensive prospect towards the mouth of the frith on the one hand, and up the river towards Dumbarton on the other; while immediately opposite are the varied summits of the Argyleshire mountains, the village of Dunoon, and the finely wooded shores of Bawkie bay, and Roseneath point.
Proceeding along the coast - which here trends in a southerly direction - we pass Ardgowan, the seat of Sir M. S. Stewart, Bart.; and immediately afterwards descry the beautiful village of Innerkip, one of the sweetest watering-places on the whole west coast of Scotland. We are inclined to think, that fine and varied as the situations are which occur along either shore of the frith, there is no one superior to Ardgowan, or perhaps equal to it in point of command of scenery on the frith. We have now an extensive view of the coast before us, to Wemyss point, rounding which we have the Cumbray islands right a-head.of us. Kelly house, the seat of Robert Wallace, Esq. M. P., is a handsome villa, embosomed in woods. The counties of Renfrew and Ayr are here divided by Kelly burn.
The next promontory is Knock point on rounding which we come in sight of the village of Largs, finely situated under some commanding eminences; at a small distance from the shore. This is a fashionable watering-place. It is well-sheltered on the north and east, and the air is thought to be peculiarly good, but the beach is unfavourable to bathers. The village is large, and pretty well supplied with shops; there are also hot and cold baths, a public reading room, a subscription library, a regular post, and a Secession chapel, besides the parish kirk. A succession of very fine villas appears along the shore towards Fairley. The bay of Largs, though well-sheltered by one of the Cumbray islands which stretches across its mouth, is nevertheless peculiarly exposed to the wind. which often pours down upon it from Loch Ridan with great violence. Largs is celebrated as having been the scene of Haco, king of Norway's defeat, in 1263. Two miles to the south is Brisbane house, the seat of the family of that name; and 2 miles to the east is Kelburn, the seat of the Earl of Glasgow, in the neighbourhood of which is a fine glen and cascade.
The line of coast along which we have now conducted the tourist presents no bold scenery - nothing to overwhelm or astonish the mind of the spectator; its features are rather those of the pastoral landscape. A series of gentle eminences, in some instances finely wooded, and always fringed with at least a coppice-growth, runs along the coast at a little distance from the beach. Amongst these are scattered a number of villas and hamlets, nestled and quiet each in its sylvan spot. In the architecture of these villas no positive standard of taste appears to have been consulted some of them are simple and elegant, others as absurb and incongruous as the most fantastic fancy could devise, -but all of them enjoy to the fullest perfection the renovating freshness of ocean's breeze.
The land-route from Largs to Glasgow is as follows: Largs, 32¾--Fairley, 28¾--Dalry, 22¾--Beith, 18--Hollywood, 13¾--Quarrelton, 10¾--Paisley, 7¾.