fredag 17. juli 2015

Mull of Kintyre, Kintyre Peninsula, Agryll and Bute, Scotland - Mull of Kintyre Lighthouse looking towards Rathlin Island

The Mul of Kintyre is the southwesternmost tip of the Kintyre Peninsula (formerly Cantyre) in southwestt Scotland in the region of Argyll and Bute. From here the Antrim coast of Northern Ireland is visible on a calm and clear day, and a historic lighthouse, the second commissioned in Scotland, guides shipping in the interverning North Channel.  The area has been immortalised in popular culture by the 1977 hit song "Mull of Kintyre" by Kintyre resident Paul McCartneys band Wings.  

The Mull has been an important landbridge throughout history. It is thought that it was used by early humans in their travels from continental Europe to Ireland via Britain.  In more recent times it was used again by the Scotti when they travelled from Ireland to establish the kingdm of Dal Riata in modernday Argyll.  

The steep cliffs and hills rising out of the sea on all sides, along with the frequent sea mists, have made the area a hazard of flights, and it has been the site of many air crashes throughout its history.  The  remains of a number of Second World War planes litter the area, and a notorious recent example was a Chinook helicopter crash on 2 June 1994.

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