Tam o’ Shanter

With Burns night only a few days away I thought I would share my favourite Burns work; Tam O’ Shanter: When chapmen billies leave the street, And drouthy neibors, neibors meet, As market days are wearing late, An’ folk begin to tak the gate; While we sit bousing at the nappy, And getting fou and […] Read More

Davaar Island Lighthouse

Davaar Island was originally known as the island of Sanct Barre around 1449 -1508. The modern name of ‘Davaar’ comes from the older Do Bharre – thy St Barre. (Dr Gillies in his “Place Names of Argyll” accepts the popular derivation of the double-pointed (Da-Bharr) Island.) Davaar, situated at the entrance to Campbeltown Loch, is […] Read More

Machrihanish Wildlife

For an unparalleled wildlife experience with superb bird watching and spectacular scenery, Machrihanish offers what is arguably the very best of Kintyre. Thanks to the dedication of the wardens the Observatory has become the focus of bird watching activity in Kintyre and arrangements regarding its future management are secure. More Info and Images. Images courtesy […] Read More

The Gauldrons…

The Gauldrons (“Innean nan Gailleann” – Innean or Bay of Storms) For a scrollable, zoom-able, panoramic view of The Gauldrons please click the link below: http://www.machrihanish.net/im…/ms-test/IMG_3792_stitch.html A couple of books by local authors describe the area beautifully…..the books describe the areas from different points of view, sometimes historical at others poetical but at all times […] Read More

The Campbeltown & Machrihanish Light Railway Company

The Life and Times of the Canal and Railway: CANAL: 1773 – Campbeltown and Machrihanish Canal Canal surveyed between Machrihanish colliery and Campbeltown. 1783 – Campbeltown and Machrihanish Canal Under construction. 1794 – Campbeltown and Machrihanish Canal Opened. 1875 – Campbeltown and Machrihanish Canal Taken over by the Argyll Coal and Canal Company who intend […] Read More

Campbeltown

Campbeltown – The Wee Toon Campbeltown (in Gaelic: “Ceann Loch Chille Chiarain”) is a town and royal burgh in Argyll, Scotland, located by Campbeltown Loch on the Kintyre peninsula. Originally known as Kinlochkilkerran (in English: The head of the loch by the kirk of St. Kieran – this form is still used in Gaelic). It […] Read More

Machrihanish

Machrihanish (in the old tongue: Machaire Shanais) – Located on the Kintyre Peninsula, Argyll, on the West Coast of Scotland. Facing outwards to Ireland and the Atlantic, famous for it’s sunsets and Golf, amongst other things of course. Machrihanish has a classic links golf course, the original Machrihanish Golf Club course,  designed by Old Tom […] Read More

1918-2018 Thank You

Roll of honour from the Campbeltown and Parish War Memorial for 1914-1918. Total names on memorial: 349 In Flanders Fields By John McCrae   In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row,     That mark our place; and in the sky     The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns […] Read More