Tour Scotland Video Old Photographs Of Machrihanish
Tour Scotland video of old photographs of Machrihanish village, on the west coast of Argyll, Scotland. It is a short distance north of the tip of the Mull of Kintyre, which faces out towards Ireland and the Atlantic. Machrihanish has a classic links golf course designed by Old Tom Morris from St Andrews, Fife, with views towards the islands of Gigha, Islay and Jura. The Kintyre Way long distance walking footpath passes through the village from Campbeltown and carries on South towards the Scottish Wildlife Trust's Largiebaan Reserve. Coal was mined near the village; the Machrihanish Coalfield was one of Britain's smallest coalfields. Reginald Aubrey Fessenden built a radio transmitting station with a 400 foot high mast here in 1905 to transmit Wireless Telegraphy to a similar station at Brant Rock in Massachusetts, United States. An exchange of messages took place on 1 January 1906 but the mast blew down in a gale on 5 December 1906 and was never rebuilt. Machrihanish railway station opened in 1906 and finally closed in 1932. Weather data is collected from Machrihanish and broadcast in the Shipping Forecast. Of interest to folks with ancestry, genealogy or Scottish Family Roots in Scotland who may wish to visit one day.
All photographs are copyright of Sandy Stevenson, Tour Scotland, and may not be used without permission.
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