How The Long and Winding Road Gave Way to The Mull of Kintyre

If you’ve ever traveled down A83, the awe-inspiring scenic drive between Glasgow and Machrihanish Dunes, you know just how true the title of the 1970 Beatles hit is. “The Long and Winding Road” is said to have been inspired, in part, by growing tensions within the band. Finding a sense of solitude at his Scottish home, High Park Farm, located near “the long and winding road,” Paul McCartney said the calm beauty of the area inspired him to write what became the last single released by the band.

Locals are no stranger to Paul’s love for Scotland, but it wasn’t until 1977 that he shared this love with the world in writing “Mull of Kintyre.” For years, it was the biggest-selling single of all time in the U.K., and the story behind it is a charming tale involving a bustling town not too far from the famous Beatle’s farm – Campbeltown, home of The Royal Hotel.

The song was Paul’s tribute to the picturesque Kintyre peninsula where he had made a home with his late wife, Linda, and their children. Its famous chorus conveyed the love the McCartney’s had for the life they created together here:

Mull of Kintyre
Oh mist rolling in from the sea,
My desire
Is always to be here
Oh Mull of Kintyre

In this virtual reality documentary, Paul tells us – as only he can – how he fell in love with Scotland all over again through Linda’s eyes, how he came to write and record the song, and how “Mull of Kintyre” became a part of Campbeltown history.

‘Mull of Kintyre [Pure McCartney VR]’#ICYMI Paul tells us about writing ‘Mull of Kintyre’ and how he fell in love with Scotland through Linda’s eyes as part of the #PureMcCartney JauntVR documentary series. Get the full experience and tilt / drag to look around Paul’s studio!

Posted by Paul McCartney on Thursday, August 11, 2016