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Loch Lomondside

Moving Loch Lomondsideup Loch Lomond from Tarbet towards Ardlui you will pass a small island called Honeymoon Island. It is reputed that in bygone days newly married couples would be left on this wee island for several days. If they were still speaking at the end then they were indeed suited to be married. Moving further up towards Ardlui at the end of our trail, we pass Pulpit Rock - a popular spot to listen to sermons from the Minister. Excavations done by Peter Proudfoot in the early 1800s revealed that there was a lot of activity at Pulpit Rock, although it is said that more of the congregation was behind the rock where bread, cheese and whiskey was for sale than being at the front listening to the Minister. 

The Kaid Monument commemorates Ian MacLean (Kaid) who was a Skye Bard. He was killed near to this spot on 14th January 1932. It is believed that he was killed by a train.
South of Rubhu Ban is the alms-house, according to Sir Willain Fraser, chiefs of Clan Colquhoun, this was endowed with ample resources for the reception of poor wayfarers passing through the district.  On its front there was a stone containing the armorial bearings of John the chief, impaled with those of his forth wife Margaret Murray or Strowan, being 3 mullets, the well known cognisance of the Murray’s. The alms-house no longer exists, although at a place opposite Eilean-a-Vow on the mainland the wall tracks of a house can still be traced. The spot is called “Croiteaphrte,” generally pronounced “Crutty forst,” or “Cruta forst,” (*Sir William Frazer’s spelling “Bruitfort?”) It means the croft of the landing, or place where people embark or disembark from a boad.

At Pollochro there was a boatbuilders. At Creann Mor was a large yew tree known to Robert The Bruce. The Portachaple Mill was referenced in 'Church Of MacFarlanes'. It is said that all the young men of the Clan MacFarlane hung about the mill hoping to get food from the farmers who used it. Piers were built for a bridge but Breadalban would not allow the building of the bridge. At Inveruglas the Clan could rally fighting men. At Clach-na Breaton in Glen Falloch above Loch Lomond, just a little beyone Inverarnan, is a stone that marked the boundaries between Strathclyde to the South, Dalriada to the West and Pictland to the North East.


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