Al­most An Is­land

At­mo­spheric Kin­tyre has at­tracted saints, an­cient Nor­we­gians, vi­sion­ary artists, Sea Scouts and mu­sic fans – with good rea­son…

The Scots Magazine - - Wild About Scotland -

IT’S a long and wind­ing road to the Mull of Kin­tyre. Paul Mccart­ney thought so, too – and just as he and his wife Linda were in­spired by mist rolling in from the sea and the sun­sets on fire, many oth­ers are dis­cov­er­ing what this com­par­a­tively re­mote part of Scot­land has to of­fer.

I re­cently trav­elled its quiet miles by camper­van, as part of my Christ­mas tele­vi­sion pro­grammes for BBC Scot­land, Roads Less Trav­elled.

The Kin­tyre Penin­sula is a long, nar­row leg of the old county of Ar­gyll, only thwarted of is­land sta­tus by a mile stretch of road that runs be­tween Tar­bert and the head of West Loch Tar­bert. That tiny neck of land was to prove for­tu­itous for a cer­tain Vik­ing king.

In 1093, some six cen­turies af­ter Fer­gus Mor Mac Eirc and his tribe of Scotti war­riors ar­rived here from Ire­land to create the an­cient king­dom of Dal­ri­ada, the Nor­we­gian monarch Mag­nus Olaf­s­son laid claim to the Scot­tish isles. At that time the King of Scot­land was fac­ing in­ter­nal ri­valry to his own throne so he agreed the Nor­we­gian could have some of the western is­lands, but there was a catch. He had to cir­cle the

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