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Issue 69 - Southern Comfort - Mull of Galloway

Scotland Magazine Issue 69
June 2013

 

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Southern Comfort - Mull of Galloway

Keith Fergus focuses on the Mull of Galloway

The Mull of Galloway is the general term applied to Scotland’s southernmost tip but the defined point is actually the Gallie Craig, a rocky promontory which lies a little west of the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse.

The landscape surrounding the Mull of Galloway is an RSPB nature reserve and, as you would expect, the wildlife is superb; tiny lichens cling to the cliffs, basking sharks (the world’s second largest fish) swim in the surrounding waters and there is almost everything inbetween these two extremes; puffins, fulmars, shags, razorbills, guillemots, dragonflies and butterflies are just some of the exceptional wildlife that thrive here.

The Mull of Galloway Lighthouse was built by Robert Stevenson (of the famous Lighthouse Stevenson family) with work commencing in 1828 and completed in 1830.

Standing 26m high the light, on a clear night, can be seen from 28 miles away.

The coastline here is incredibly rugged with the beautiful colourful cliffs rising steeply to over 200 feet in height. From this vantage point the view is outstanding with the Isle of Man, the Lake District, Northern Ireland and much of the Galloway coastline on show.