An Account of the Principal Pleasure Tours in Scotland: With a Copious Itinerary of the Great Lines of the Road, and the Several Cross Roads in the Country : Illustrated with Maps and Views

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John Thomson & Company, 1821 - Scotland - 342 pages
 

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Page 54 - The first division of the island, for at high water it is divided into two, makes a kind of a cone, the pillars converging together towards the centre ; on the other, they are in general laid down flat, and in the front next to the main, you...
Page 52 - Compared to this, what are the cathedrals or the palaces built by men ? Mere models or playthings ! imitations as diminutive as his works will always be when compared to those of Nature ! Where is now the boast of the architect ? Regularity, the only part in which he fancied himself to exceed his mistress. Nature, is here found in her possession ; and here it has been for ages undescribed.
Page 87 - tis, to cast one's eyes so low! The crows and choughs, that wing the midway air, Show scarce so gross as beetles : Half way down Hangs one that gathers samphire; dreadful trade! Methinks, he seems no bigger than his head: The fishermen, that walk upon the beach, Appear like mice; and yon...
Page 53 - The Mind can hardly form an idea more magnificent than such a space, supported on each side by ranges of columns ; and roofed by the bottoms of those which have been broke off in order to form it , between the angles of which a yellow stalagmitic matter has exuded, which serves to define the angles precisely, and at the same time vary the colour with a great deal of elegance ; and to render it still more agreeable, the whole is lighted from without...
Page 117 - THE smiling morn, the breathing spring, Invite the tuneful birds to sing, And while they warble from each spray, Love melts the universal lay. Let us, Amanda, timely wise, Like them improve the hour that flies, And in soft raptures waste the day Amang the birks of Invermay.
Page 52 - ... rock"; above these, the stratum which reaches to the soil or surface of the island, varied in thickness, as the island itself...
Page 41 - Arcadian plain. Pure stream, in whose transparent wave My youthful limbs I wont to lave; No torrents stain thy limpid source, No rocks impede thy dimpling course, That sweetly warbles o'er its bed, With white, round, polish'd pebbles spread...
Page 52 - How amply does nature repay those who study her wonderful works ! With our minds full of such reflections we proceeded along the shore, treading upon another Giant's Causeway, every stone being regularly formed into a certain number of sides and angles, till in a short time we arrived at the mouth of a cave, the most magnificent, I suppose, that has ever been described by travellers. The...
Page 52 - SW part of the island, the seat of the most remarkable pillars ; where we no sooner arrived than we were struck with a scene of magnificence which exceeded our expectations, though formed, as we Sir Joseph Bankt't Description of SlaJ/'u.
Page 57 - Ft. In. 1. From the water to the foot of the pillar - - 12 10 2. Height of the pillar 37 3 3. Stratum above the pillar 66 9 No.

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