Klingemann continues in the same letter, telling us that, on Friday 7 August, they caught the steamer from Fort William down Loch Linnhe to Oban:
Karl Klingemann – letter, The Hebrides, Friday 7 August 1829:
Late last night, we unexpectedly stumbled upon a bit of culture again, viz. the one street of which Fort William consists, and this morning we embraced the very newest piece of culture, steam, and were again among many people, greedily enjoying sunshine and sea-green, the wide outlines of the sea, the rocks at modest distance, good cheer, and society of all kind. A new friend told us at once that yonder young couple were on their honeymoon excursion, and that he had seen them on Ben Lomond shortly after the wedding dance a Scotch reel, the bride with parting tears in her eyes. By the harbour of Oban Bruce’s Rock rises up, where he is said to have done some great deed or other; the Laird MacDonald goes home with his ladies to a new house, which stands behind the ruins of the old castle, and where a silver brooch of Bruce’s is still kept; our Edinburgh friend, Captain Nelson of the Navy, with whom we met on the ship and shook hands with, tells us wonderful stories of how this relic had once been lost and bought again at a high price, and that once it was stolen along with other things, and at last found in possession of a lady-descendant of Rob Roy.
They reached Oban in the late afternoon and Felix, sketch-book in hand, climbed up the little hill at the north end of the town and sketched Dunollie Castle and the Islands of Mull and Morven in the background.