Paul McCartney buys High Park Farm in Kintyre, Scotland

Friday, June 17, 1966

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

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.

It’s 200 acres and a farmhouse as well. It was well worth the money as far as I’m concerned. But don’t think I’m a big property tycoon. I only buy places I like.

Paul McCartney – From “The Beatles Diary Volume 1: The Beatles Years”, by Barry Miles

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

Last updated on November 16, 2021

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