The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most Southerly point and is home to an amazing lighthouse and dramatic coastal scenery.
It is a very special place steeped in history as well as a haven for cliff top plants and birds.
The Mull of Galloway lighthouse dominates the area standing at an impressive 26 metres high with the light sitting 99 metres above sea level. It was built in 1830 by Scottish engineer Robert Stevenson (grandfather to the poet Robert Louis Stevenson) and has been guiding ships safely through the night ever since. Today it is operated and maintained by the Northern Lighthouse Board.
The lighthouse became automated in 1988 with the very impressive foghorn last being sounded in 1987. However the Mull of Galloway Trust have since brought it back to operating condition with the project being completed in April 2018. This foghorn is now the only operational foghorn on mainland Scotland. If you’re feeling fit and brave you can take the steps down to see the foghorn but be warned its a steep climb back up!
There is a lovely wee circular trail which takes you around the RSPB nature reserve. Here you will be rewarded with amazing views all round and fascinating information that can be found on well placed plaques. The nature reserve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and although it is one of the RSPB’s smallest, it is home to a vast amount of wildlife.
I had the whole place to myself as I made my way around the reserve this morning. The sun was shining and it was just beautiful.
If you’re feeling brave you can climb the 115 steps to the top of the lighthouse and you’ll be rewarded with amazing views across to Northern Ireland, Cumbria and the Isle of Man. You will also be able to visit the exhibition which is housed in the old engine room.
Unfortunately the Mull of Galloway Experience was closed today but is due to open for the season on the 26th March. I might just have to come back!
Just down from the car park is an amazing looking building with a grass roof perched on the edge of the cliff. On closer inspection I discovered it was a cafe! It was having some work done on it ready for opening on the 14th March but it looks like a stunning place to sit and just admire your surroundings.
The Mull of Galloway feels like a wee island surrounded by beauty. I would highly recommend a visit here in the summer months. You will not be disappointed!
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