Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders held an enlistment event at Ledaig on 19 December 1910 //where do we find out more about how these were organised, where they advertised in the Oban Times??

Ewan MacColl was one enlisted on this day.

The following account was written by one of a party of bowlers who made the trip from Oban on Ossian, and appeared in the Coleraine Chronicle of August 6, 1910.

Etive Tour
“Leaving by rail at 9 a.m., we arrived at a small station about ten miles away, called Aughanacloich. This is on the shore of Loch Etive, really an arm of the sea, but to all appearances being an inland lake. A small steamer called the Ossian was there in waiting and we were soon on board. The first part of the journey is interesting, but not remarkable, the chief feature being the great rush of the tide from the ocean as it sweeps through the narrow entrance to the loch. The surrounding country here has an occasional villa and shepherd’s house, and we passed the wharf used for shipping the famous building stone obtained near Loch Awe. Gradually, as we ascend the loch we get into mountain scenery, no sign of life but some sheep on the mountain-side, looking, in the wonderful light and shade, like little white rocks sticking out. Some shepherds were at work gathering the sheep, and it was only with the aid of a field-glass they were distinguishable as human beings. A bend in the loch seems to bring us into new surroundings. Nothing visible but noble mountains on all sides, and the gentle gliding of our little steamer amidst the hushed surroundings seemed to add impressiveness to the scene, and to exercise a quieting spell over our cheery “courier.” The captain of the little vessel was a most interesting man—a typical Highlander. To outward appearances stern and rugged, he was the most genial and pleasant of men. Nothing pleased him more than to talk of the beauties of Loch Etive. As a mariner he had been over all the Western Highlands, and all the lochs of Scotland, and he stoutly maintained that Loch Etive was the most beautiful of all. Though sailing on it day after day for six successive seasons, he found new beauties in it every day. Though we could not help expressing our admiration, he insisted that the best part was yet to come. For the last five miles the loch becomes comparatively narrow, more like a broad river. A straight course is entered with a vista which it would be hard to beat the world over. On either side are magnificent mountains sloping down to the water’s edge, none of them less than 2,000 feet high, and a few over 3,000. Placed at the top of the loch, and facing the traveller like stern sentinels, are two grand peaks of about similar height known as “The Sisters.” They are very similar in shape, being cone-shaped, and each rising to an apparently sharp point over 2,000 feet high. One could not be but impressed with the grandeur and magnificence of the scene, and the noble works of nature shown on all sides made one think how puny were the efforts of man, after all. We left the Ossian with regret, and got on board the coach which was to drive us through the historic pass of Glencoe.

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