Four decades since Paul McCartney and Wings’ Mull of Kintyre became the biggest Christmas number one of all time, The Big Issue has travelled the long and winding road in search of the humble and heartwarming true story behind the song – and received a special message from the Beatle himself along the way.
We also reunited some of the members of the Campbeltown Pipe Band on Kintyre’s Saddell Bay Beach for the first time in 40 years to play their pipes again on the same sands where the iconic Mull of Kintyre video was made, as well as chatting to the song’s co-author Denny Laine.
You can read about it all in the special bumper Christmas edition of The Big Issue, on the streets from Monday, December 18.
It was a great experience recording it with the local pipe band… I still love it and it’s a very special song for me
“I wrote the song when I realised there were no new Scottish songs being written,” says McCartney. “It was a great experience recording it with the local pipe band and really exciting to see the amazing success it had in the charts at the time, so those memories mean I still love it and it’s a very special song for me.”
Mull of Kintyre was written and recorded on Macca’s High Park Farm in the hills above Campbeltown in the summer of 1977. It storied his love of the area where he had spent many happy times with his wife Linda and family since the break-up of The Beatles, and it would in many ways help put Kintyre on the map.