Brief description of the Kintyre-Machrihanish region which Fessenden would have seen had he been present when his station was constructed. Hopefully he may have been but no details exist of him being on site. (yet)
is the long peninsula nearest to
land was very arable and a large numbers of farms existed throughout the area .
Crops of barley were also abundant for the local whisky distilling industry. Campbeltown
was, near the 1900’s known as the whisky capital of
other main occupation of the area was herring fishing and again the quality and
quantity of Campbeltown herring was well acknowledged .Carradale and Tarbert
also had large fishing fleets.
was also reasonably kind with no great extremes due to the nearness of the
what is different now from Fessenden’s time ?…..well the fishing industry
has almost gone, possibly due to Laws of the European Common Market and it must
be admitted the over fishing of the stock by our own crews. Only a few small
boats remain fishing or dredging for prawns and clams.
distilling has vanished and only two producing distilleries exist now in
Campbeltown. The once popular railway has gone as the road service improved
gradually and unfortunately the coal mine has also gone. Both the latter were at
again has changed and large numbers of smaller farms have been succumbed by much
fewer but of course now larger farms.
however, at least the village itself, would not have looked all that much
different. There were large houses which still exist today as does the Lossett
Estate on which Fessendens site was of course built. Smaller houses now fill in
the spaces , many of those built after WW2.There was as mentioned above in
Fessendens time a small coal mine
near Machrihanish served by a small narrow gauge railway
supplementing the roadway to Campbeltown. Machrihanish also boasted a
fine golf course as it does to this day.
actual site of the radio station is about 600 yds to the west of the village and
was built on a slightly raised beach. Although Machrihanish has almost 5 miles
of golden sand the beach at the
radio station is completely different and consists mainly of small boulders
covered by thin grass areas. The
part of the coast is subject to hurricane force gusts especially November till
that was and is Kintyre still a beautiful place and we would like to keep it a
secret as long as possible!!!
There are many excellent internet pages showing the area with its beautiful scenery and seascapes...