Travel Journals

Jollyman, Elsie, Daughter of William, Tobacco Manufacturer, London, b. 1878., 'llustrated journal of ’A Caravan Tour in the Highlands by Elsie Jollyman’ (1909)

Elsie Jollyman and six friends travelled by train from Liverpool and Suffolk to Dumbarton where they collected their hired horse-drawn caravan. They toured the Western Highlands for two weeks visiting Balloch, Luss, Tarbet, Arrochar, Cairndow, Inverary, Furnace, Lochilphead, Cairnbaan, Garraron, Loch Feochan, Oban, Brig o’ Awe, Dalmally, Tyndrum and Ardlui, before retracing their route back along the shores of Loch Lomond to Balloch. The journal is illustrated with many hand-coloured photographs largely of the travellers, their caravan and campsites. There is a coloured map showing the route taken by the caravanners at f.2.

Anonymous journal of a ’Tour in Scotland August 1794.

The writer and his companion, Mr Booth, travelled by coach from London to Douglas Mill. From there, they continued on foot to New Lanark and the Falls of Clyde, Chatelherault and Glasgow. They then sailed to Dumbarton Castle, walked to Luss and climbed Ben Lomond, before visiting Inverary Castle and a Highland hut at Tyndrum. The writer walked on alone to Dunkeld, through the Pass of Killiecrankie to Fort Augustus, the Falls of Foyers, Inverness, Culloden Moor, Fort George, Forres, Elgin and Aberdeen where the journal breaks off abruptly. He notices noblemen’s seats, comments on the military roads, industry and agriculture as well as natural phemomena and the historical associations of places visited. An engraving of Forres is pasted in at f.55v. At the back of the volume is a ’Journal of the Prince’s Escape after the Battle of Cullodon’ (f.67), an itinerary of the tour (ff.73-74) and notes on Scottish history and culture (ff.76-83).

Laing, William, Minister of Crieff, 1790-1845., 'Journal of a tour in Scotland'

Laing travelled on foot from Edinburgh to Queensferry, Linlithgow, Falkirk, Bannockburn, Stirling, Dunblane, Doune, Callander, Oban and Staffa before returning by way of Inverary. A visit to Fingal’s Cave is described on ff.29-31 and an incident involving Sir Humphry Davy at f.27v. There are numerous annotations and, in places, revised versions of the text have been pasted in. The journal is illustrated with pasted in engravings of places visited.

No mention in Dorothy Wordsworth travel journal.