AWAY DOWN SOUTH FOLLOWING ST. COLUMBA
One of our staff (Zofia) has lived in these parts for 25 years and it became apparent that in all that time, she had never drifted down past the legendary Muneroy Stores and their amazing cakes made by the Fabulous Frances
So we had to remedy that -
We headed out of Campbeltown following the signs to Southend – enjoying the beautiful farming land around here, and if you also head this way - be aware that you are heading in the direction of the most Westerly point of Scotland and the closest point to Ireland from Britain.
As you enter Southend
Go straight past Muneroys – but come back later – you will not regret it…
Leave the village with the lovely sandy stretch of beach on your left – that points to Dunaverty Castle and Rock – where the terrible massacre happened -
Come back here when you are ready to be steeped in a bloody atmosphere but for now let us continue South …
Not far beyond you will see a wee car park on your left and a long golden beach stretching away ahead of you with big rolling waves inviting you to jump in – great for doing handstands in…
From this car park you can visit St Columba's Footprints, Well and Cave
The story I was always told was – that St Columba popped into Keil – Southend on his way from Ireland to Christianise the Wild Pagan Picts – thinking this would be a good place to get started he settled in his Cave – Blessed his Wee Well and carved/magicked a footprint in a rock at top of a wee hill. A lot of work – considering he then got back in his wee coracle and headed further North to Iona.
I’m not sure why he gave up on the Wild Southenders – but I think they enjoyed following the Old Gods too much.
From here you can go South to the Mull of Kintyre – but that my Lovelies is for another day and another blog
I personally would head back to the village for a wee cuppa and a tremendous cake.