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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