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PRINTED FOR A. LEATHLEY, J. EXSHAW,
AND C. JENKIN,
M,DCC, L XXV.
s o U R N E Y
SC O T L A N D.
HAD desired to visit the Hebrides, or
Western Isands of Scotland, so long, that I scarcely remember how the wish was originally excited ; and was in the Autumn of the year 1773
induced to undertake the journey, by finding in Mr. Boswell a-companion, whose acuteness would help my inquiry, and whose gaiety of conversation and civility of manners are fufficient to
counteract the inconveniencies of travel, in countries less hospitable than we have passed.
On the eighteenth of August we left Edinburgh, a city too well known to admit description, and directed our course northward, along the eastern coast of Scotland, accompanied the first day by another gentleman, who could stay with us only long enough to fhew us how much we lost at separation.
As we crossed the Frith of Forth, our curiosity was attracted by Inch Keith, a small island, which neither of my compa. nions had ever visited, though, lying within their view, it had all their lives são licited their notice. Here, by climbing with some difficulty over Mattered cřags, we made the first experiment of unfrequented coasts.
Inch Keith is nothing more than a rock covered with a thin