Southend, Kintyre

[St Columba's footprints]

Aptly-named Southend sits at the, well, south end of the Kintyre peninsula, about 10 miles from Campbeltown. The Kintyre Way passes through the quiet village - where southbound walkers are only a day's walk from the finish at Machrihanish, ironically north-west of this point. Hopefully "trail vision" won't stop them from exploring the interesting nooks and crannies of this section of coastline, which includes a sweeping, sandy beach and some interesting caves, and a smattering of sights relating to St Columba, who later established the famous monastery on Iona.

[St Columba's Well]

Name: St Columba's footprints; St Columba's well ☆☆☆
Description: Footprints carved into rock, possibly dating back to the year of St Columba's arrival on Kintyre in 563AD; the well has similar possible historic links.
Location: Minor road a mile west of Southend, G.R.: NR 673078 / hours congested hero
Anything else? Space for one car only; head right (east) on short path to footprints, with well soon after.

Name: Dunaverty Bay ☆☆☆
Description: Unspoilt, sandy bay with intricate rocky headland on the eastern side.
Location: Off minor road just west of Southend, G.R.: NR 683079 / kilt alongside offerings

Name: Keil Caves ☆☆☆
Description: Several largish caves in the cliff-face, just west of the layby, inhabited intermittently since prehistoric times until as recently as the late 19th century.
LocationMinor road a mile west of Southend, G.R.: NR 672077 / leaps binds mount
Anything else? Space for one car only; caves should be obvious to the left (west).

[One of the Keil Caves]

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