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I* SCOTLAND AND THE LAKE 'DISTRICT.

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SCOTLAND AND THE LAKE DISTRICT. A MOTOR CYCLING TOUR. I Having haid last year a successful ton days' holiday run of a thousand miles from Carnarvon on the west coast to Great Yarmouth on the east, tlicnco via London to the south, I wondered if my little mount, a 21 h.p. two-epeod motor cycle, M as capable of a much more difficult tour in Scotland and the Lake District. The con- trast in the contour of the country is very greatâ⢠the ono comparatively flat, the other very hilly. The time being limited, and the intervening country already familiar, I had unfortunately to take train to Edinburgh for a starting point. Intending to leave the metropolis of Scotland at an early hour of the first day, the attractions of the famous city occupied the greater part of the morning. Princess-street, probably the finest thoroughfare in the kingdom, with its terraced garden*, and the prominent and beautiful Gothic spire of Scott's monument, overlooked by the towering castle in the distance, is well worth a longer stay. Leaving Edinburgh by the Quecnsberry-road, it is an easy run of nine miles to the famous Forth Bridge. The dimensioina of this great bridge are best appreciated from the ferry boat plying beside its south end, where still stands the Hames Inn of Scott, a Antiquary. Built on the cuntiliver principle, it is a wonderful monument to the energy and rCSiOurOO that overcame the stupendous physical difficulties of so gigantic a work, for hi its height and the width of the single span, tlie Forth Bridge claims to be the greatest bridge in the world. Retracing from Queensberry, a sharp turn to the right loads to Dalmeny and Linlithgow. Leaving the machine by an ancient and dilapi- ( dated monument in the centre of the town, a shore walk brings one to the Castle, a quad- rangular building, more substantial than beautiful, standing' at the edge of a "loch," but which at that time looked more like a flooded field. The road was now good to Falkirk, where tlie narrow street-, a train ear, and a motor car, nearly cut short the writer's tour. A splendid run to Stirling, with its historic Castle of the Feudal period, prominent in the distance, re- called many famous scenes in Scottish history. The town still retains some features of its ancient dignity, while by the approach to the Esplanade, on a lofty eminence, stands a statue to Robert Bruce, looking proudly over to Bannookburn. Stirling Castle, so closely associated- with the his- tory of Scotland in less peaceful times, is well worth tho long climb to it, and the view from the battlements ia both beautiful and extensive, including the Wallace Monument, designed in the form of a lofty baronial tower. On the way to Calk-ruler, the country round is exceedingly beautiful in its mixture of mountain and valley scenery. Two miles beyond Oallender, a sharp turn to the left at Kilmahog Bridge, leads to the Trossaehs, but unfortunately a notice "No Motors Allowed," necessitates leaving the machine at a cottage by the road-side. Five miles on foot alonig the narrow and winding road was elow business by Loch Vennachar, ail-cl liavliig had a glimpse of Loch Achray nestling amid the pin". covered hills of the Trossaohs, tho walk back again seemed interminable, a.nd the sight of the waiting "steed" was most welcome. Resuming northwards, a good road leads along the five mi 'I -es' length of Ixx-h Luibnig, sheltered by rugged mountains on cither side, on to Strathyre, a charming little village, inviting to a rest for the evening of the first day's run. Tho next day broke somewhat threateningly, but the rain kept off, and a bracing early morn- ing run was greatly enjoveii to Lochoarnhead. It is worth while making a diversion to ride along I the ncQtli side of the Loch Earn for nine miles to Viliaiis in older to fully appreciate the beauty of the country in all directions. Loeh Earn would fieem to be THE PERFECTION OF LAKE SCENERY, a mountain boundary of fine outline on either 'ÃÅ, rich woodlands with a sprinkling of cultiva- tion, with hero and there a stately mansion. Here are the sconos of Sir Walter Scott's most romantic and entrancing tales. Returning to the head of the loch, and resuming the run north- wards, the road rapidly deteriorates, and is very ro-.ig'h up Glen Ogip. a stiff climb of about five miles. On to Kiliin Junction, turning east- wards for Luib, §-ong the margin of Loch Dochart, a delightful spot, to Crianlarich. From this point the road becomes very bumpy to Tyndrum, the "further north" of the tour. For the next few miles along a rough mountain road, the surface was of the worst possible description, tho tibico miles descent, to Dalmelly being in plaoes practically umrideable. and one WOIldrcd whether the machine would withstand the awful bumping. Wlrat w.'s.one's surprise then to be passed hereabouts by an "F.N." machine with a passenger on tho carrier. That pa#eengtTr was not enjoying 1);mf<elf, for he was evidently having the worst jogging of his life. After Dalmelly there is an excellent road through the Pass of Brandir. along the side of Loch Awe. one of ihe most picturesque of High- land Lochs. Ten miles out of Oban I met several members of the Ayr Motor Cycling Club, who were taking part in a Reliability Run to Glasgow. Two of them rounded the corner of the narrow road a.t a terrific pace, one of them on tho wrong side, with his head well down, oblivious to all before him. It was the narrowest escape- he missed me by inches only t Of such râre they who spoil the sport. To Oban was a pjeasanfc run, the famous rcecrt and market town being reached at an' early hour of the second day. Ftrom Oban, the question was, should it lie via Bali a Gaulish and Glencoe, or south by way. of Ixx-hphilhead, Liverary, and" Rest and Be Thankful?" Both routes were reported as equal-, ly hilly, but tho road surface by the Pass of Gk-neoe was said to be in th-c vilest state, and t] is, in consideration of the- welfare of my tyres, and also that by going south one was going to- wards homo (when, even a motor cycle appears to be pulling better) decided mo to choose the equally pic'uroeque southern route. There are a number of stiff hills for many miles out of Oban, but along the coast road, tho-view of the Western Islands was really magnificent. and fully justified a slow run of thirty miles in three hours. Tbl9 road over the hills hereahvut, is narrow and bumpy, with several awkward turns, requiring careful driving. Some Highland cattle grazing on either side of the narrow road nearly brought the run to an abrupt termination, for, having the choice of rushing between them, or quietly push- ing the machine, with no guarantee of good con- duct either way, I decided upon the former. Dis- turbed by the unusual noise, one of the animals coolly poked the point of his huge horn through the glass of my lamp! Near LoohphilheM, the red funnel of a steamer plying elong a. canal almost adjoining the road, was somewhat of a surpriseâit was on the Crinal Canal, eomo of the passengers were walking to save timer--there are twelve locks in a distance of nine miles. Turning eastwards and homewards towards Inverary along the shore of Loch Fyne, there is a splendid run of thirty miles. Round- ing tho head of the loch, a very sharp ascent began a gradual rise of five miiee across tlie moors and: over Glen Croe, desol,ate in the ex- treme, with the driving rain adding to the droarine^s of the scene. Fortunately t'hei little motor was pulling splendidly, and putting in tho low gear, it climbed tlie rough steep milo leading to Rest and Bo Thankful" without the slightest hesitation, the chain transmission being a great boon on that steep climb in the pouring rain. Arrived at the summit, one felt a profound respect for the modern motor cycle, and mine was withal only a 2& h.p. engine. Tho famous hair-pin bend on the test hill recalled many excellent descriptions of it in motor cycling papers. Putting the engine on the low gear 8pa,in, the long and ste<*p descent was comfort- ably negotiated, and after a few miles on the level, > THE BEAUTIFUL LOCH LONG I was reached, with Ar roc liar cosily nestling at tho head of the Loch. Then over improving roads to Tarbet and Lomond. At this point of tiiie Lake, the opposite shores approach each other quite closely the mountains rise up on either side in rugged majesty, and the whole aspect is one of great beauty. After a sharp turn to the right by t.li- Tax,)!et Hotel, there is a magnificent load for twe-nty miles close up to the shore of the loch. Gradually widening, it is soon a broad sheet of water, dotted with well- wooded islands. On to Dumbarton and Alex- andra, along the north bank of tho Clyde to Kilpat-rick, across the river by the ferry, and the Glasgow and Greenock-road is joined. This has splendid surface as far as Port Glasgow, trom which point to Greenock the paving is the worst imaginable, and is a disgrace to any Road Authority. Of this day's run of 135 miles, no less than about 110 miles had been alongside sea, loch, or river. Out of Greenock the next morning, the r ad for a few miles was very bumpy, the result of heavy brafHo, but after Wemyss Bay, there is .,t good fast road for thirty-five miles to Ayr, with splendid sea v iews, and the Islands of Bute and Arran easily discernible in the distance. One of the charms of Ayr is the lino open view it of tlio c i l!'Lriiis of A3-r commands of tho Foi4.li of Clyde and Arran Island. It has a good harbour and pier, and the New Esplanade affords a pleasant promenade. Not forigettinig to see Hurra's "Twl1. Brigs," and tlie bronze statue of the Scotch poet, a. short run of two miles, and Blah's cottage is reached; near by is the monument on the river bank, and a. few hundred yards further is the" A ull Brig o'Doon." Tho sixty miles or eo from Ayr to Dumfries by way of Cummack was a most enjoy- able run over ONE OF THE BEST ENGINEERED ROADS I in tho country, and leads through glorious scenery. The next morning, on leaving Dumfries the weather was wet, but the road surface was in goad order, and Carlisle was reached early in the da.y. Aft-er an uninteresting road for twenty miles, the region of tho beautiful Lake District was soon reaAed. Bassenthwaite Lake was a welcome sight from tlie top of the switchback road approaching Keswick.' A steep rive out of the town was the beginning of some ;,tiff work for the little machine. A strong head wind, with torrents of rain, greatly added to tho severity of tho task, but although th-o steep gradients out of Keswick and Windermere called tor the low gear, the engine never once faltered. It w:is the Lake District that dayâbig lakes and littlo lakes, it was no use trying to pick out one's way, there was nothing for it but to swish through them. Kendal was eafely readied in igood time, and, notwithstanding the unfavourable climatic cn!lditjos, t?c day's run from Dumfries WJS grcatiy ?n-joyed, thanks chiefly to the wouv (k: if ully consistent running of the machine. Both rider and cyelo were in anything but a presentable condition, but a hot bath to one, and half an hour1 with brush, paraffin and hot water to tho other, put everything right again. Tho next morning being beautifully fin., th hosh and clean appearance of the machine compen- sated for the trouble taken tho night before, and added to tho enjoyment of the day's run. Over peirfcct. roads, it was an easy run to Black- pool, and after a two days' stay at that busy and popular resort, the return home to North Wales by way of Pieston and Chester ended a thoroughly enjoyable holiday. I had no .mech.a.I11 trouble of any sort, but cart-fully overhauled the machine previous to each day's run, and adjusted one chain on the last day. Tho distance was not great, about 700 miles, but it comprised some of the most beautiful scenery in England and Scotland; the road surfaces showed a vast improvement everywhere; the people wero nvost kind and obliging, and the modern motor cyclo with change speed gear proved again that at a minimum of cost and trouble, it is an ideal means of seeing what is best in this, "the best of all lands." J.B.M.

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