Davaar Island

(Island Davaar)

Located in Kilbrannan Sound at the mouth of Campbeltown Loch, Davaar Island (or Island Davaar) lies towards the southern end of the Kintyre Peninsula in Argyll and Bute. It rises steeply to 115m (377 feet) and has an area of 64.7 ha (160 acres). The island is connected to the mainland at low tide by a shingle causeway known as the Dhorlin. At the north of the island is a Stevenson-built lighthouse, while to the south, in Crucifixion Cave, one of the island's seven caves, is a painting of the crucifixion of Christ which was the work of Alexander MacKinnon, a local teacher in 1887. The painting was vandalised in 2006. Its population was, in part, related to the lighthouse keepers, and was recorded as 3 (1961), 8 (1971) and 4 (1981). The lighthouse was automated in 1993 and the island was uninhabited in 1991. A population of 2 was recorded in 2001 but the island was again uninhabited in 2011.

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