Island Davaar, Campbeltown and a lighthouse

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Is the title of a short 41 page book delving into the history of Davaar Island at the head of Campbeltown Loch.

The recent publication, by James Patrick Hynes, is a work of homage and is dedicated to his late brother-in-law Leonard Bennett, who lived on the island.

Mr Bennett  lost his life, nearly a decade ago on January 4 2008, driving across the narrow spit of land, known as the Dhorlin, and exposed at low tide, to collect tourists due to stay in one of Davaar’s cottages.

Most of the 35 illustrations used in this book are his work. An account of his death is given.

Island Davaar (Eilean Dà Bhàrr) is not the smallest of the 800 Scottish islands but its 140 acres certainly places it among the smallest of them.

As one of Campbeltown’s hidden gems, Davaar Island, lies at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch in an area of littoral sand and stones.

Davaar Island is one of 43 tidal islands that can be walked to from the mainland of Great Britain and one of 17 that can be walked to from the Scottish mainland.

From a parking area, east of Campbeltown, it takes about 40 minutes to make the crossing to the island on foot over sand, shingle and rocks within a window of seven hours but walkers are strongly advised to check the times of the tides for safety sake.

Currently tide tables can be obtained in Campbeltown’s tourist information office situated on the town pier.

Many arrive to see the island’s top attractions, the lighthouse and a life size image of the Crucifixion painted on a cave wall by a local artist Archibald MacKinnon in 1887.

The book is available on Amazon priced at £4.81 excluding carriage.

The book’s front cover. 25_c50islanddavaar03_front_cover

Len Bennet’s illustration of the lighthouse and its vegetable patch. 25_c50islanddavaar01_lighthouse_veg_plot