And throughout the whole book we have wonderful pictures of Scottish life as it then was--pictures of robbers' caves, and chieftains' halls, of the chiefs themselves, and their followers, of mountain, loch, and glen, all drawn with such a true and living touch that we cannot forget them.
Among the great hills and blue lakes of Italy Scott longed for the lesser hills and grayer lochs of Scotland.
William Gilpin, who is so admirable in all that relates to landscapes, and usually so correct, standing at the head of Loch Fyne, in Scotland, which he describes as "a bay of salt water, sixty or seventy fathoms deep, four miles in breadth," and about fifty miles long, surrounded by mountains, observes, "If we could have seen it immediately after the diluvian crash, or whatever convulsion of nature occasioned it, before the waters gushed in, what a horrid chasm must it have appeared!
But if, using the shortest diameter of Loch Fyne, we apply these proportions to Walden, which, as we have seen, appears already in a vertical section only like a shallow plate, it will appear four times as shallow.
A narrow loch, scarcely half a mile wide, separates Island McGill from the mainland of Ireland; and, once across this loch, one finds himself in an entirely different country.
At his death the wife went back across the loch to her own people, and the blot on the escutcheon of Island McGill was erased.
It was the question of the child's legitimacy that preyed on her mind, and, when all hope of Samuel's return was abandoned, she drowned herself and the child in the loch.
It would do for the borders of Loch
Lomond, and tourists would rush there in crowds.
Thirty guineas on the sea-side, or sixty if ye set me on the Linnhe Loch
There ye go," he said, addressing himself to the rivulet, "bubblin' to yer ain annihilation in the loch
Scottish Water, assisted by North Lanarkshire Council and supported by SEPA, will be carrying out work to understand how contaminants are carried into the loch
from the South Calder Water.
Ness is Scotland's most famous loch
, best known for reported sightings of the monster Nessie.