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Does Paul still have the farm in Scotland?

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Posted by oobu24

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      Just curious. Haven't heard it mentioned for many years, apart from in the Linda photo exhibition.

        briaboy wrote:

        Just curious. Haven't heard it mentioned for many years, apart from in the Linda photo exhibition.

        Yes he does but its not so much a family holiday home anymore. In recent years its been reorganised on a more business-like footing. I think members of Paul's family still occasionally visit but I don't think Paul has been there for quite some time now. I think when Linda passed away and with their kids grown up, he simply lost interest in the place. 

          A quick google search turns up a few articles.  I remember hearing something about a sale a few years ago but I really have no idea.

          https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2770100/How-Macca-turned-house-saved-sanity-Beatles-legend-hasn-t-seen-estate-five-years-splits-time-London-New-York-wife-Nancy.html

            In the latest edition of Rolling Stone, Paul says that Stella went up to Scotland (the farm) recently so at least its still in the family.

              First time I hear about it.

                With an extended family as large as theirs, they ought to keep it in the fam, I think. I always thought those hills and land looked rather plain and barren there, with an austere sparse beauty (I'm used to lush green forests and farm land), but factor in the ocean is nearby ! It's real close, I think.  An uncommercialized  beach for them.  Gorgeous coastline. How close is the ocean to their farm, you think? And I thought to be sure they remodeled the inside of that plain long farmhouse, some,  to make it more comfy, pretty, a bit decorated, just a tad luxurious.  The house looked so old and bare and plain externally.  I need to go google image search the area, coastline and nearby towns. I'm curious.

                  It's right on the water Susy, did you ever see the Mull of Kintyre vid or Linda planting bulbs with the kiddos or even Paul and Linda frolicking around on the beach? It's ruggedly beautiful. 

                  Mull

                    OOOOOOOOH, it's right on the ocean front like you said ! Nice ! Very nice.  Thanks Love. Looks chilly there (shivers) I'd be bundled up to the max. They added on to that house later on 'cause I've seen pix where it looked like a long, rambling ediface, a bit shabby and plain, but one of the add ons was painted red. They probably fixed it up some, inside. Those hills behind it look bleak and treeless, it's winter time or the Fall...doesn't look like Myrtle Beach (laughs) which is semi-tropical and too commercialized.  Big blazing bonfire, nice. There's Linda plodding along in her wellies. Muddy there. No doubt the villages around it look charming and quaint and old. Olde country. Gonna google image search East Sussex, Campbelltown, Peasmarch.

                      SusyLuvsPaul wrote:

                      OOOOOOOOH, it's right on the ocean front like you said ! Nice ! Very nice.  Thanks Love. Looks chilly there (shivers) I'd be bundled up to the max. They added on to that house later on 'cause I've seen pix where it looked like a long, rambling ediface, a bit shabby and plain, but one of the add ons was painted red. They probably fixed it up some, inside. Those hills behind it look bleak and treeless, it's winter time or the Fall...doesn't look like Myrtle Beach (laughs) which is semi-tropical and too commercialized.  Big blazing bonfire, nice. There's Linda plodding along in her wellies. Muddy there. No doubt the villages around it look charming and quaint and old. Olde country. Gonna google image search East Sussex, Campbelltown, Peasmarch.

                      I didn’t realise that is were the Standing Stone is. It was pretty cool to see it in that one picture.  

                        SusyLuvsPaul wrote:

                        OOOOOOOOH, it's right on the ocean front like you said ! Nice ! Very nice.  Thanks Love. Looks chilly there (shivers) I'd be bundled up to the max. They added on to that house later on 'cause I've seen pix where it looked like a long, rambling ediface, a bit shabby and plain, but one of the add ons was painted red. They probably fixed it up some, inside. Those hills behind it look bleak and treeless, it's winter time or the Fall...doesn't look like Myrtle Beach (laughs) which is semi-tropical and too commercialized.  Big blazing bonfire, nice. There's Linda plodding along in her wellies. Muddy there. No doubt the villages around it look charming and quaint and old. Olde country. Gonna google image search East Sussex, Campbelltown, Peasmarch.

                        Only one "l" in Campbeltown. 😉

                        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campbeltown

                          love2travel wrote:

                          It's right on the water Susy, did you ever see the Mull of Kintyre vid or Linda planting bulbs with the kiddos or even Paul and Linda frolicking around on the beach? It's ruggedly beautiful. 

                          The main farm isn't quite 'on the water' being, as the crow flies, two and a half miles away from the nearest coastline. As for the Mull of Kintye video, that was filmed at Saddell Bay, which is six miles  away in the opposite direction. The location is even further away from the actual Mull of Kintyre ironically. 

                            Kestrel wrote:

                            love2travel wrote:

                            It's right on the water Susy, did you ever see the Mull of Kintyre vid or Linda planting bulbs with the kiddos or even Paul and Linda frolicking around on the beach? It's ruggedly beautiful. 

                            The main farm isn't quite 'on the water' being, as the crow flies, two and a half miles away from the nearest coastline. As for the Mull of Kintye video, that was filmed at Saddell Bay, which is six miles  away in the opposite direction. The location is even further away from the actual Mull of Kintyre ironically. 

                            Seeing Linda coming out of the House with the baby, well I just made the assumption, that was it.  Well it certainly was a beautiful location for the video! Now that I think about it, it doesn't look like any of Linda's photos  by the fence.  It's really far far away from the rest of the world up there. It looks peaceful. 

                              My wife and I visited the Kintyre peninsular three years ago and  it is beautiful. As I don't believe in violating privacy, we made no attempt to find the McCartney home. In Campbeltown, we did see the nice statue of Linda in a garden area behind the library,think that was the building.  Visited Saddell Bay beach in the pouring rain.  As for the actual Mull, the tip of very steep land with an old lighthouse that faces the the water dividing  Kintyre  from Northern Ireland, it was so fog shrouded,we couldn't even see the lighthouse,much less Ireland.   Stayed in a nice bed and breakfast and overall enjoyed it before taking the ferry to the nearby Isle of Arran.

                              I have the impression, especially after reading the recent the Rolling Stone interview,that Paul hasn't been there in years.  In Sussex, he seems to have the best of both worlds--life in the country with all London has to offer just an hour away.    Kintyre is a four hour drive from Glasgow, not good if you neeeded involved medical care superior to that in nearby Campbeltown.   Not as old as Paul but not too far behind him in age and the older I get, the more important that becomes.

                                John Mackintosh wrote:

                                In Sussex, he seems to have the best of both worlds--life in the country with all London has to offer just an hour away.    Kintyre is a four hour drive from Glasgow, not good if you neeeded involved medical care superior to that in nearby Campbeltown.   Not as old as Paul but not too far behind him in age and the older I get, the more important that becomes.

                                I think in the late 60's / early 70's Paul use to drive, but in later years the McCartney's would fly direct in a hired jet  from London to the near by Machrihanish Airfield. Paul also has a purpose built heli-pad at his Sussex farm so if time is tight, he'll fly by helicopter rather than drive to London.

                                  love2travel wrote

                                  Seeing Linda coming out of the House with the baby, well I just made the assumption, that was it. 

                                  I think that must have been the impression they wanted to create. But given the right weather, it does indeed seem like a very beautiful area to live. 

                                    IM0 I think being at Campbeltown could bring back memories of Linda, and since her passing was so sad for him, it could still be painful to return.  

                                    Stella is involved in manufacturing synthetic fabrics that imitate animal fibers, and synthetic fur... She's a commited vegan, but I wonder if vegans would think it was unethical to humanely raise sheep for their wool, as long as the animals are treated well and gently sheared?  The wool could be used for fabrics and blankets as well as knitting yarn.  Using the farm in Scotland to raise sheep might be a good source of revenue and a boost to their local economy. 

                                      LadyLeslie wrote:

                                      IM0 I think being at Campbeltown could bring back memories of Linda, and since her passing was so sad for him, it could still be painful to return.  

                                      Possibly but given that Paul still uses his St Johns Wood home and he still lives at his Sussex farm home, its very hard for him not to have memories of Linda where ever he goes and what ever he does. Perhaps the memories of Linda are more happy for him than sad?

                                        Kestrel wrote:

                                        love2travel wrote

                                        Seeing Linda coming out of the House with the baby, well I just made the assumption, that was it. 

                                        I think that must have been the impression they wanted to create. But given the right weather, it does indeed seem like a very beautiful area to live. 

                                        Since my forebearers were from a small town near Glasgow, it was a good enough excuse to go up to see Linda's exhibit at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow and then to my ancient family home and a couple of days spent at the Charles Rennie Macintosh Willow cafes and the local art and science museums. It was a beautiful scenic train ride from Cambridge to Glasgow...such magnificent Scottish scenery from the train. By the last day a wee brogue crept out a few times LOL. I could see why Linda enjoyed photographing it! Saw the other side going back home and that was pretty awesome too!  Hear that they are thinking of separating from England. 

                                          Kestrel wrote:

                                          LadyLeslie wrote:

                                          IM0 I think being at Campbeltown could bring back memories of Linda, and since her passing was so sad for him, it could still be painful to return.  

                                          Possibly but given that Paul still uses his St Johns Wood home and he still lives at his Sussex farm home, its very hard for him not to have memories of Linda where ever he goes and what ever he does. Perhaps the memories of Linda are more happy for him than sad?

                                          That's a good point about his other homes, because they all were ones he shared with Linda.  I'm sure his memories of her are very happy.  I was thinking that Scotland might be a special place though, because it was where he and Linda spent their early married life, after the breakup of the Beatles, and created a family life.  And it was there that he went through a serious depression because of the Beatles breakup.  He said Linda was what helped him get through it.    Any painful memories may have to do with what he had gone through at that time, and brings that all back.  But I'm sure he worked through any Beatle breakup issues a long time ago.

                                          Also, it's so remotely located, I think HM and now wife Nancy may not have been interested in spending a lot of time there, so he hasn't felt a need to visit.   I'm glad Stella was able to be there recently!

                                            love2travel wrote:

                                            Kestrel wrote:
                                            love2travel wrote

                                            Seeing Linda coming out of the House with the baby, well I just made the assumption, that was it. 

                                            I think that must have been the impression they wanted to create. But given the right weather, it does indeed seem like a very beautiful area to live. 

                                            Since my forebearers were from a small town near Glasgow, it was a good enough excuse to go up to see Linda's exhibit at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow and then to my ancient family home and a couple of days spent at the Charles Rennie Macintosh Willow cafes and the local art and science museums. It was a beautiful scenic train ride from Cambridge to Glasgow...such magnificent Scottish scenery from the train. By the last day a wee brogue crept out a few times LOL. I could see why Linda enjoyed photographing it! Saw the other side going back home and that was pretty awesome too!  Hear that they are thinking of separating from England. 

                                            Sounds like a very nice trip.