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the N. W., suddenly shut out the the same size as Killarney, front view, when turning our eyes to our which it is thirteen miles, not so reroad, ample amends were made by gular, with some better houses, and the chearful and totally different some worse, but much more gay and prospect which presented itself.
A busy. The proprietor is Sir Ed. fine intervening, country, hill and ward Denny, who has an old house dale, as far as the eye could reach, shut out from the main street by a studded with farms and habitations dead wall in the old-fashioned way. of every variety. The town of l'ra- It has a port in the month of the lee urder us, at three miles distance: river at the head of the bay, about and beyond it, and to the left, the half a mile distans, which is occasio. spacious bay of Tralee, and the coast nally used by coasting vessels, but it to Kerry. head at the mouth of the has no foreign traje. It is the Shannon, with several small islands; county town, and has a church, a the Atlantic Ocean beyond them, chapei, a gaol, and a barrack, in bounded only by the horizon, with which four companies of the Meath the setting sun sinking behind it in militia were now quartered. We all his majesty, unobscured by a were informed that there is a mineral single cloud. In good humour with spring near the mouth of the river, every thing, we entered Tralee with which has some approved medicinal just light enough to find Dwine's qualities, but we were too impatient Inn, by the direction we had got at to see the great river Shannon, to Killarney. We found this a very delay next morning for the purpose comfortable quarter, and while tea of visiting it ; so rising early, we set was preparing we sauntered through off to make one stage before break. the town, the night being sufficiently fast. Our road led three miles over light to give us, a tolerably good an elevated moor, or heath, partially idea of its appearance. We obser. inbabited, after which the country ved the market-house lighted up, improved as we advanced. At about and were informed it was for a ball, five miles we passed to the right of and we passed it as several ladies the ruins of Abbey Dorney and were entering, who had ventured full four miles farther Lisnaa, a neglected dressed, through the street, without and almost ruined large old seat of coach or sedan, which impressed us the Earl of Kerry; whose father, so much in their favour, that could the late Earl, as we were informed: we have done it with propriety, we by a countryman, is buried in a tur. would gladly have joined their eve- ret on a hill about a mile further to ning's amusement. Although, as it the left, which he had built during was a bail night, we might have sup. his life to serve for his tomb. The posed many of the genteel inhabi- ruin, the turret, and the very high tants wonld be engaged there, yel old steeple of Rattoo, owned by the the street appeared quite alive with family of Gunn, still further to the walking parties, who seemed to use left, had been conspicuous objects it as their aecustomed mall. It is in the view over this flat country the indeed a fine spacious street, with whole morning. As we advanced. well-built houses, mostly of three the flat contracted itself, until at stories, on each side, terminated by four miles further, crossing a fine the market house, round which, par. bridge of eleven arches over the river ticularly on one side, is a large open Feale, we ascended a steep, but not area or square surrounded by good high hill, into the small town of houses and shops. On the whole, Listowell, where, after fasting for so we concluded Tralee to be about long a stage, we did ample justice to
a very good breakfast. Mr Hare of ging, until at last leaving the hills Cork, the proprietor of Listowell, behind, the view opens on each has built a very large house here for hand, shewing us this noble risor, an ind, which is tolerably well kept, about fourteen miles both up and it being a post-house, where chaises down. To enter into the minutia may be had by travellers. There is of the prospect is impossible; let it here a post-office, a market house, a suffice that it was the most striking church, and a chapel, and we walked and most pleasing to us, of any we to the ruin of a very high old castle had hitherto seen.
There is which impends on the brow of the hill church, and some tolerable houses in over the Feale, and is a fine object at Tarbert ; but as nothing invited us a distance, but has nothing besides to stop, we pursued our road, along worthy of notice. The country be- the top of some fine rising grounds, gins here to be hilly, and shows some which skirt the river, which is somefine situations on the banks of the times seen, sometimes concealed, so Feale upwards. Leaving Listowell as to present a constant variety. and the river behind us, we ascended We stopped at half a mile from into a more elevated country, where Tarbert, at a peat cottage, to shelter we travelled on a high level, with from a heavy passing shower, after extensive moois and bogs on each which we walked to a handsome new hand, but well inhabited; the pea: house, on which the workmen were
. ' santry residing in hamlets in a neigh- employed, on a rising ground to the bourly way, as on the road between left of the road, and a little nearer Glasgow and Edinburgh; the lar- the river, to which there is a descent gest of these is dignified by the of a quarter of a mile. Being on a name of Newtownsands. Fatigued part of the hill which projects towith the bleak open prospect, for
wards the river, it commands a very seven miles from Listowell, we had fine prospect, particularly downwards ample amends made us, by coming over Tarbert point below, and Scasuddenly on one of the most inter- tarie island. It belongs to a Capt. esting views we had seen in this Fitzgerald. Some officers of a de. country, not even excepting those tachment of the 72d, regt. quartered round Killarney. Before us, the road in Taubert, were enjoying the prosdescending by a gradual slope be- peet as well as ourselves. iween two hills, which as they ap
(To be continued.) proached formed a vista, through which, at a mile before and below us, Suggestions on the Utility of form- , we saw the village of Tarbet beauti,
ing some new lines of Road in Scot. fully situated on the banks of the
LAND. By JAMEs Hogg. Shannon---the Gorgon, a ship of war of forty-four guns, and three
(Continued from P. 101.) gun boats in the harbour-Sir Ed
Said formerly, that it would be ward Leslie's fine seat on the left presumption in me to pretend point of the barbour, and some islands pointing out the very track where in the river-the opposite bank of this road should be carried, because, the river at three or four miles dis- should the scheme ever be approven, tance, with the county of Clare rising it must be surveyed more attentivegradually into a very distant baok ly than I could do in my zigzag ground, the outline finely varied by course; but as the whole is as yet hills and mountains of various shapes only a proposal, suffer me to propose and distances-- and as
we wound the following :-Let Lochiel alone, down the hill, the vista still chan. and he will soon have a good enough
road from Fort-William to his new tures, and markets. It will be obo castle of Achnacarry, as well as a served, that this line I have pointed bridge over the Arkaig at that out lies nearer to the western than the place : from thence the road might eastern coast. This is highly requi. be carried up the narrow glen stretch- site ; as the eastern districts are well ing northwards, when it would come interspersed by good roads already, into Glengary, at the house of while it is well known what inconveniGreenfield, near the head of the loch. ences the western shores labour an.' Now, as far as I can recollect, from der, for want of them. The new lines of Fort William to the river Gary, by road making, or about to be made, this course, is not above ten or twelve from the Caledonian canal to the miles ; whilst, if the common road western coast, as well as the cross by Letterfinlay is followed, it is lit. roads north of that, can only be of tle short of 30. Then going over at the service to these particular glens alowest place of thefarm of Inchlaggan, longst which they run ; or to the and shro' a small river at the bottom western isles from which a good pas. of a lake, it would take a slaunting sage to the south was very much direction up the side of a ridge to- wanted : but to the other extensive wards an opening in the hills opposite Highland districts they can do na to Loch-Cluny. From the house of good, for want of a western commuCluny a glen opens straight in the nication with one another : for when line leading into Lord S aforth's fo.
once a person gets into one of them, rest, and so on to the upper parts of he cannot get out again, neither to the country of Loch Carron. Here the north nor south, for rugged it would be necessary to take a turn mountains and extensive arms of the to the North-East to avoid the dread- sea, until he comes back again to the ful mountains belonging to Gairloch, great canal, or the eastern coast where Letterewe, and Dundonald. It might he first entered ; when he must go indeed be taken from the chapel in in search of another opening where the country of Loch Carron across there is a road from east to west. the mountains eastward of Sir Hec. Now the making of a passage alongst tor M.Kenzie's forest to Kinlochewe, the western coast being, from the oanear the head of Loch Mari; but as ture of the country, rendered impracit must necessarily turn to the N.E. ticable, until once these cross roads there at any rate, and the brae of are all joined by one in the interior, Loch-Carron being rather steep, the they will be found only to form neformer seems preferable. There is a cessary appendages of an imperfect part of the middle country there whole. But that, by crossing every
. which I have not seen; but I was in. possible tract from the east to the formed that it might be carried al- west, opens a communication with most straight forward to Lach-Shin each district from every other part in Sutherland, where it might either of the country. At the head of join the old road leading towards Loch Garry it will
cross the inFar, or be carried in a more wes- tended new road from the canal to terly direction. Now I am certain Loch Ourn. At the inn of Cluny, it will appear evident to every one it will cross the old military road acquainted with the local situation from Fort Augustus to the isle of of this long neglected country, that Skye by the pap of Glenshiel. This this is the readiest plan for opening road is terribly out of repair; and it up so as to participate in the ad- though the bridges are standing, it is vantages accruing to the other parts so rough and cut with the mountain of the kingdom, from trade, manufac- torrents, that it is extremely dangerous
to ride even on the highland ponies, nearer, must suffir in proportion. though the surest-fooied animals a. This must be the more lamented, live. In the upper parts of the vale when it is considered that many thouof Loch-Carron it will cross the post. sand pounds worth of kelp is annual toad from Inverness to New Keiso ly manufactured upon these shores, and the western isles, which is about and wool to a large amount shorn to be made a road, for at present it is from the sheep upon their mountains; scarcely worth the name. A few most of which business must be miles farther north it will cross that transacted by agents; and how often leading from Ding wall to Applecross must the owners of these staple comand the Lewis ferry at Pool-Ewe : modities miss their market! And and at the east point of Coigarch; on also, that on slese shore's there are the border of Sutherland, it will abundance of excellent harbours; cross the road from Dingwall and where trading vessels are continually T'ain to Ullapool.
putting in, to wait fair winds. Besides the inconveniences already I once saw 30 vessels leave the harmentioned with respect to droves,&c. bour of Scalpa, or Island Glas, in Hara these countries labour under the most ries, on a morning in the end of June; discouraging and poignant disap. a sight so grand I never expecpointments for want of the means of ted to see in Scotland, far less in early intelligence. The whole of the the distant Hebrides. They were western isles of Inverness-shire, in mostly bound from Norway and the which alone there are upwards of Baltic, to the west of England and 30,oco inhabitants, with all the Ireland; and bad all put in there souih-west districts of Ross-shire, during the preceding week, to wait a are dependant, for the conveyance shift of the wind. How acceptabic of their letters, upon one runner
would it have been to the expecting from Inverness to Loch.Carron.. owners of such vessels, could the This man's course lyes up Strath- masters be able to transmit them an Conor and over the mountains, and account of their safe arrival at such often impeded by deep and rapid ri- a place, and of their cargo: but as vers, Rooded and impassable. The Mr Macleod of Luskintyre used to boats which carry the mails west- say, " A man who has any concern ward are often in like manner im with the rest of the world can never peded by contrary winds ; and if a have any comfort of his life in the fair wind offers, it being expensive long island, unless he is possessed in for them to stay from home, they a high degree of several of the chrisset off as pleasantly without the tian virtues.
It is the best country bags as with them ; satisfied that in the world for teaching a man pathey have gone the errand for which tience and resignation." they contracted, and that no more these countries contain many of the can be required of them. The con- best fishing lochs in Britain, and it is sequer.ce of all this is, that before a absolutely necessary, for the encouletter from Edinburgh reaches the ragement of this useful and lucrative long island, a month commonly elap- branch of business, that the adventuses, even in the midst of summer. In rers have timeous notice of the sucwinter it is sometimes two ; so that cess of their respective vessels. Add were a man to write from thence on to all this, that the valuable fossils business ever so important, the and minerals with which these mounsoonest that he can depend upon an tains so eminently abound, are enanswer is a quarter of a year after ; tirely lost to the proprietors and the and the rest of the countries, though nation for want of such a communi.
cation ; and still, it upon a serious ner of that island ; from whence the consideration it does not appear ne. ferries sail to Harries in Uist. There Lessary, time and experience will is at present a kind of a crooked open the eyes of some other genera- road, but it is not one on which tion to see and adopt that plan, or a wheeled carriages can pass ; but were similar one. For my part, I think a turnpike carried thus far, it would money could scarcely be better ex. soon be joined by several branches pended, and I have mentioned it first leading into the various wings of the as judging it most necessary. I dare country. Nor is Skye unworthy of not aisert ibat the making of it this attention ; it is a valuable high. would be attended with no difficulty, land country. Its shores abounding but I am certain that the same na. with excellent fishing lochs and safe tional spirit which surmounted Co. harbours; and its mountains and siaraik, the Black Mount, and that vallies with sheep, and the best of by the General's hut, will not now cattle; besides a numerous populabe daunted by any obstacles which tion, strong, hardy, and zealously intervene in this. As the cross loyal; which the wise policy of the roads, or those running from east to Pitts has happily effected, by giving West in that country, engage at pre- the sons of every respectable family sent so much of the public attention, commissions in the army. it is needless to say much about
(To be continued.) them; but there is one which I never heard mentioned, and which I zhink highly requisite; especially as
Anecdotes of the early life of MR it is the nearest communication be
Pitt, twixt the eastern and western seas of any in Scotland. It is one to lead THE present earl, being intended from the country of Strath-Glass in
for the army, and James-Charles to Kintail by the straits of Balloch.
for the sea, Lord Chatham determi. It is likewise of considerable con.
ned to educate the second son in the sequence, that the road from Fort. paternal mansion of Hayes. The William, to Asiraig by Lochiel-head, profession to which he destined him were finished, it being the nearest
was his own, that of a statesman.road from the soith to Skye, and the He accordingly entrusted the care long island ; and though the ferry of the two sons already mentioned from the creek below Borrowdale to
to the care of others, but took Wilthe opposite shore of Slate be rather liam under his own immediate intoo wide for a constant passage, yet spection; and the rapid progress of the dreadfnl velocity with which the this wonderful boy seemed to cheer his tide runs through the .kyles is here solitude and illume his declining days.
While his school-exercises were considerably abated, and boats glide over with great safety : and owing to performed under the immediate authe shortness and easiness of this spices of a private tutor *, his noble line, (there being very little ascent
father conversed with him freely on on either side) most travellers would all subjects, with a view of expanprefer it, were the road rendered ding his mind and maturing his passable in the middle of the coun. judgement. As he grew up, matters try. When so many roads are in
of the utmost importance were starttended to lead from the east to the
ed sound of Skye, it will follow of
* The Rev. Mr., afterwards Dr. course, that one be made from thence Wilson, and a canon of Windsor, was
Dunvegan on the south west cor. his first instructor.