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Davaar Island

One of Campbeltown’s hidden gems, Davaar Island, lies at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch. Davaar is a tidal island and is linked to the mainland by a natural shingle causeway called the Dhorlin. You can walk across the Dhorlin at low tide in around 40 minutes, but it’s essential that you check the times of the tides or you could be caught on the island for longer than you intended! Copies of the tide table can be found in Campbeltown’s tourist information office on the pier.

The island, which attracts hundreds of visitors every year, is famous for its cave painting – a life size image of the crucifixion – which was painted, in secret, by local artist Archibald MacKinnon in 1887. It is said he had a dream telling him where to paint it. Over the years the elements have taken their toll and it has been restored several times, including twice by Mr MacKinnon, as well as by the former head of art at Campbeltown Grammar School Ronald Togneri.

Cave painting photo credits and thanks: Raymond Hosie (left) and Helen Bibby (right)
   
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