After Carradale, in twelve miles, the largest town on Kintyre is reached, the harbour and ferry terminal of Campbeltown. It is still another 12 miles to the tip of the Kintyre peninsular and the last village, appropriately called Southend.
a few miles before Southend a single track road leads off to the right. This is the road to Beinn na Lice and the mull of Kintyre. Beinn na Lice is what is called a Marilyn.
Mountains in Scotland over 3,000 feet are called Munro's, after Sir Hugh
Munro who published his tables of scottish peaks in 1891. To be a Munro not only must the peak be over 3,000 ft above sea level but it must also be at least 500 feet above the rest of the surrounding landmass.
In 1992 a list was compiled of all peaks,
regardless of altitude, that elevate themselves as an indepent entity for over 150 metres from the surrounding landmass. As a pun on the name Munro they were called Marilyns, after Marilyn Monroe!
A couple of miles after leaving the main carriageway
and the narrow road gets narrower, the broken surface gets more broken, the hill gets steeper, the big drop on one side gets bigger. Then a gate is reached with a big sign basically saying the road ahead is unsuitable for all sorts of vehicles. I read
the list. Buses, coaches, lorries, big motorhomes, small motorhomes, caravans, anything with a trailer, long vehicles .... everything on four wheels seemed to be mentioned, but no mention of Alberts.
This may be a Marilyn but I have an Albert.