The first three lines were thrown off at the moment I first
caught sight of the Ruin from a small eminence by the wayside; the
rest was added many years after.
"From the top of the hill a most impressive scene opened upon
our view,--a ruined Castle on an Island (for an Island the flood
had made it) at some distance from the shore, backed by a Cove of
the Mountain Cruachan, down which came a foaming stream. The
Castle occupied every foot of the Island that was visible to us,
appearing to rise out of the water,--mists rested upon the
mountain side, with spots of sunshine; there was a mild desolation
in the low grounds, a solemn grandeur in the mountains, and the
Castle was wild, yet stately--not dismantled of turrets--nor the
walls broken down, though obviously a ruin."--Extract from the
Journal of my Companion.
The tradition is, that the Castle was built by a Lady during the
absence of her Lord in Palestine.