Argyll and Bute

A hamlet on the south coast of the Kintyre peninsula of Argyll and Bute Council Area, Keil lies a mile (1.5 km) west southwest of Southend and 10 miles (16 km) south southwest of Campbeltown. St. Columba's Chapel dates from the 13th century and is said to lie at the spot where St. Columba first set foot in Scotland, although this reference only appears in the 14th century. It was abandoned in the 17th century, although the graveyard remains in use. Columba's Footprints lie to the west, with Keil Cave beyond. Keil House, once described as the most palatial in the county, was built in 1875, became the Kintyre Technical School in 1915 but was destroyed by fire in 1924 leaving poignant ruins. The Keil Hotel is a brilliant-white art deco building completed in 1939, incongruously large for the location, but which now lies abandoned.

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