Argyll and Bute

A location on a headland on the south coast of the Kintyre Peninsula, Dunaverty lies at the east end of Dunaverty Bay a half-mile (0.8 km) south of Southend. The remains of the ancient Dunaverty Castle, rebuilt 1542 but dismantled 1685, can be seen high on the headland. Southend Lifeboat Station operated here between 1869 and 1929, when the service was withdrawn. The lifeboat was endowed by Robert Ker of Hamilton and the sizeable stone-built boat-shed, which was converted to residential use in the 1980s, bears an inscription in memory of his son:

In Memoriam John Ronald Ker Drowned on the 26th October 1867 in his 22nd Year.

Because this area was a farming community, the lifeboat had to be crewed by men who travelled down from Campbeltown. In 1905, a further lifeboat shed and slip-way was built closer to the water and this is now used as a workshop.

Dunaverty Golf Club was founded in 1889 and its course lies to the north and east.

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