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

Davaar Island

Davaar Island and ‘The Painting’…   The Famous Davaar Island Cave Painting of Jesus on the Cross. Painted in 1887 by local teacher Archibald MacKinnon. The work was carried out completely in secret by the teacher after he had a dream telling him where to paint it. It couldn’t have been easy for Archie as he […] 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