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Inversnaid, a hamlet in Buchanan parish, NW Stirlingshire, situated at the mouth of Arklet Water, on the E shore of Loch Lomond, 4¾ miles SSE of Ardlui, 3 NNE of Tarbet, 18 N by W of Balloch, and 5 by road WSW of Stronachlachar Hotel on Loch Katrine. The point of communication between the two lakes, it has a steamboat pier and a good hotel, beside which Arklet Water forms a pretty waterfall of 30 feet, spanned by a narrow footbridge. Inversnaid was the place where, on 28 Aug. 1803, Wordsworth saw the ' sweet Highland girl, ' the ferryman's sister, whom he celebrates in song, and whose beauty and kindness are described in Dorothy Wordsworth's Journal. The ruined Garrison of Inversnaid, 7 furlongs NE of the hamlet, was erected in 1713 to check the depredations of the Macgregors; and was for some time commanded by General Wolfe, when lhe was an officer in the Buffs. See Craigroyston.Ord. Sur., sh. 38, 1871.

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