Davaar Island Cave Painting, Campbeltown
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Davaar Island is known for 2 things. The first is a lighthouse, built in 1854 by the famous lighthouse engineers David and Thomas Stevenson. Thomas was an innovative engineer and inventor of the Stevenson screen, a protective shelter still used today for weather stations. He is best remembered today as the father of author Robert Louis Stevenson.
The second famous feature on Davaar, and the one which draws visitors, is a stunning life-sized painting of the Crucifixion that decorates the interior of a sea cave on the island's south coast. The painting was the work of a local art teacher named Archibald MacKinnon, who in 1887 had a dream in which he was prompted to paint the scene. The dream also told him where to paint the scene.
Visitors have made the cave a place of pilgrimage over the last century, and you can see a large number of wooden crosses and small devotional cairns in and around the cave.
The tourist information centre at the Pier in Campbeltown has a list of tide times, so please take the time to learn exactly how long you have to spend on the island! The causeway can be used about 3 hours between times of high tide. The tide completely covers the causeway and it comes in very quickly, so please take care.
About Davaar Island Cave Painting
Address: Doirlinn, Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Attraction Type: Countryside
Location: Davaar is a tidal island, reached by a causeway at low tide from a parking area off Kintyre Way. Allow 40 minutes each way.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Campbeltown Cross - 2.5 miles (Historic Building)
Kildonan Dun, Kintyre - 5.1 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Kilkivan Chapel and Graveyard - 6.5 miles (Historic Church)
Saddell Abbey - 7.7 miles (Abbey)
Dunaverty Castle - 8.9 miles (Castle)
St Columba's Chapel, Holy Well, & Footprints - 9.3 miles (Historic Church)
Kilpatrick Dun - 9.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Torr a'Chaisteal Fort - 10.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Nearest Accommodation to Davaar Island Cave Painting:
Nearby accommodation is calculated 'as the crow flies' from Davaar Island and Crucifixion Painting. 'Nearest' may involve a long drive up and down glens or, if you are near the coast, may include a ferry ride! Please check the property map to make sure the location is right for you.
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Tourist Information Centre
Argyll and Bute
Tel: 01586 552 056