...No not the song by Paul McCartney & Wings...
Mull of Kintyre - Record Cover
...the Place, the picture on the record cover is actually Davaar Island at Campbeltown.
These are the real residents of the Mull of Kintyre since the Lighthouse was automated !
Sheep at the Mull of Kintyre
The Mull of Kintyre isn't a town or village, until Paul McCartney wrote his now in/famous song, it was and still is just a local landmark. The Mull has always been popular with walkers and hikers who enjoy the scenery and sometimes challenging countryside.
Made famous more recently after the sad loss of the crew and passengers in a Chinook crash. There is a small memorial to mark this tragic event.
No memorials exist for the countless other aircrews who have lost their lives in the area. Stories are told locally of instruments being thrown off course by magnetic forces and of pilots losing their way in the mist.
Whatever the reason, the area does seem to have had more than it's fair share of aircraft crashes !
The Lighthouse...Latitude 55° 18.6’N - Longitude 05° 48.1’W
Built in 1788, by Thomas Smith, assisted by Robert Stevenson who was later to build many more lighthouses.
Extract from D Alan Stevenson's book "The World's Lighthouses Before 1820"
MULL OF CANTYRE 1788
"This lighthouse was erected on a precipitous cliff 240 feet above the sea and inaccessible from it, but the rocky and desolate interior of Cantyre peninsula made the lighthouse site scarcely more accessible by land. Materials and stores had to be landed by boat 6 miles away and taken on horseback over the mountain with 1 cwt as the limited load. A single journey from landing-place to lighthouse represented one day's work. After two working seasons, the light was shown in November 1788".