Paul McCartney buys High Park Farm in Kintyre, Scotland

Friday, June 17, 1966
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High Park Farm, Kintyre, Scotland

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Paul McCartney bought a 183-acre farm near Campbelltown, in the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland. From

In an attempt to protect his earnings from the taxman, Paul McCartney’s financial advisors suggested he invests in property. On this day his purchase of High Park Farm in Campbeltown near the Mull of Kintyre was completed.

The three-bedroom farmhouse had an asking price of £35,000, and came with 183 acres of land. It was previously owned by a local farmer, Mr Brown, and his wife, who had lived there for 19 years before moving to Campbeltown. […]

The farm was in a largely dilapidated state. McCartney’s girlfriend Jane Asher had encouraged him to buy the property as a refuge from Beatlemania, although it wasn’t until he married Linda Eastman in 1969 that renovations began.

McCartney allowed a neighbour to graze his sheep in exchange for keeping an eye on the property. McCartney later bought the nearby Low Park Farm in an attempt to discourage sightseers from visiting the area. […]

Paul’s then-girlfriend, the actress Jane Asher, helped him select High Park from a pile of properties for sale, and visited it with him.

Do I know anything about property? Not really. Well, I suppose I do, come to think of it. I’m just being vague. But don’t think I’m a big property tycoon. I only buy places I like. I haven’t got anything abroad.

Paul McCartney – From interview with New Musical Express, June 24, 1966

Aye the noo. It’s just a wee small place, up there at the tip of Scotland, and aye plarrn tae make the occasional trip therre for a wee spell of solitude. It’s not bad though, 200 acres and a farmhouse as well. I can’t tell you how much it was, but it was well worth the money as far as I’m concerned.

Paul McCartney – From interview with New Musical Express, June 24, 1966

It’s desolate. Very desolate. It’s 200 acres in a valley and 30 miles from Ireland. It’s in Scotland, but I mean it’s just off the coast of Ireland, it’s nice. It’s cold, very cold in winter and gets lots of snow. Anyway, I didn’t really pick Scotland, it’s just that I wanted a farm and I said to my accountant, ‘What’s happening with my money,’ and he said, ‘Well, the best thing you can do is buy a house.’ I mean, he’s thinking about the safety of the money because if you put it in other things, it sort of goes. I told him I’d like it with a bit of land and would he look out for me. And he found this farm in Scotland, which was cheap. It’s nice and quiet. What I’m going to do is let the trees grow on it, because it’s very desolate at the moment, and build a small house on it and go there for a couple of months in the year.

Paul McCartney – From “The Beatles: Off The Record” by Keith Badman, 2008

Jane also encouraged him to find a hideaway from the world, a place for just the two of them, without autograph-seeking fans or the constant ring of the telephone. Paul purchased High Park, an isolated but beautiful farm in the boggy moors of Scotland. High Park was a very simple place, just an old wooden farmhouse and some barns, surrounded by miles of open fields. No outsiders, not even other Beatles, were invited up for a visit. Paul, it should be noted, was the first Beatle to show any distance or privacy from the others. One rare visitor to High Park was Alistair Taylor, the loyal office manager and general fixer at NEMS. Paul summoned Alistair to High Park so that he could pay a visit to the local pharmacy for him. According to Alistair, Paul had the crabs and needed a pesticide to shampoo with. Being Paul McCartney, the neighborhood celebrity, Paul was too embarrassed to ask the pharmacist in the small town for the pesticide himself, so he sent Alistair. There was also a sense of urgency to this mission, lest Paul give the tiny parasites to Jane, who would most certainly realize he had been unfaithful to her. The town pharmacist was baffled by Alistair’s request. He had nothing for that purpose other than “sheep dip,” which was used to delouse cattle. Paul presumably made do with that.

Peter Brown – From “The Love You Make“, 2002

Tell us about your adventures at High Park, Paul’s farm.

No-one in the office knew that Paul had bought the farm. Then one day he came in and asked if I would go up for the weekend. I It had a clapped out old farmhouse that Paul wanted to knock down and wanted me to find a suitable spot to build a new one. So I went up and plodded around and realised the Scots aren’t stupid because the current location was the only place to build a farmhouse. It was windy even on a calm day. I took some photos and came back and told Paul it was the only place. Paul asked what it was like and after I showed him the photos he thought it was great and said let’s go up. So myself, Jane and Paul flew up. He said he wanted it to be spartan and asked me to organise some second hand furniture. We then built furniture ourselves, and found some potato boxes and asked me to go into town and buy some nails and things and we built a settee and some bedside cabinets.

We flew Martha up, and she was as good as gold. A car met us at the airport and we were driving along. Martha is an old English Sheep Dog, but had lived in London, never been in the country, and never seen a sheep. We turned up the lane to the farm and into a field of sheep, and Martha went spare. We had the window half open and she had her head half way out the window.

Alistair Taylor – From Alistair Taylor – The Beatles ‘Mr Fixit’ – Beatles in London, November 28, 2016 Scotland is quite far away from Liverpool and London, where your life had mostly been based up until that point. How did you come across the farm? And what was the inspiration going there?

Paul: I was always drawn to the romantic notion of the Highlands. And John was too, he had visited relatives who had a croft in the Highlands, and he spoke romantically of it, so I had that thought in my head. But I never really intended to do much with that thought. Then when we started to earn a little bit of money, there was an accountant who said, ‘You should use the money for something – you should buy something with it’. Whereas we’d always thought you just stick it the bank. He said, ‘No, you’ve got to invest it, you got to do something’. So, I said OK, and he came up with this property that was for sale in Argyle near Campbeltown. He said it would be a great investment. I wasn’t sure I wanted to go up – I’d just got down to London from Liverpool, I wasn’t sure I want to go off to Scotland! Anyway, I was persuaded, and I went up there and thought it was okay, but I never thought of it as romantic until I met Linda. She said, ‘Could we go up there?’ And then with Linda, and with raising the family there, I saw things I’d never seen before in the countryside and scenery. It became really special.

Paul McCartney – From You Gave Me The Answer – Life on the Farm in Scotland |, November 30, 2021
From Liverpool Echo – June 17, 1966

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Sidney 3 months ago

a wee poop on the road eh?

Elaine A Coombes 9 days ago

Loved article on Paul McCartney inScotland. Did not realise the input of Jane Asher.
Best bit of Mull of Kintyre song are the pipers walking along the sand!

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