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Southend


Argyll and Bute

The township of Southend sits at the southern end of the Kintyre Peninsula, 7½ miles (12 km) south of Campbeltown in Argyll and Bute. Established in 1797 as Newton Argyll by John Campbell, the 5th Duke of Argyll (1723 - 1806), the settlement is drawn out along the B842 road. Southend Parish Church dates from 1774 and St. Columba's Church (1890) lies empty but its classical facade lies impressively at the end of a lane. Southend benefits from a primary school, located on the roadside to the north, a village hall, shop and a caravan site lying to the south on Dunaverty Bay.

The history of this area is colourful. Just to the west, at Keil, is believed to be the spot where Saint Columba first set foot on Scottish soil. At nearby St Ciaran's Cave a stone table and water basin signify Scotland's first church, Keil cave shows signs of prehistoric dwelling whilst at Dunaverty a massacre of the army of Sir Alasdair MacDonald was undertaken in 1647.


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