Lighthouse Beacons from Scotland

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

The Mull of Galloway is the most southerly point in Scotland and its lighthouse sits regally on a high cliff at the end of the Galloway pennisula.

It is currently used as a holiday retreat for Northern Lighthouse Boad staff who still want to spend time at a lighthouse after working with them all the time.

The picture on the right is from the Northern Lighthouse Board's 1999 calendar and is by George Gilmore.

The lighthouse was built in 1830 by Robert Stevenson, who served the Northern Lighthouse Board for 50 years constructing numerous lighthouses around the coast of Scotland - including the Bell Rock Lighthouse which established new standards. Stevenson also developed the use of Fresnel lenses, innovative rotation and shuttering systems providing lighthouses with individual signatures allowing them to be identified by seafarers. The white-painted round tower is 26 metres (85 ft) high and has a range of 28 nautical miles (52 km / 32 miles). There are views across to Ireland and South to the Isle of Man. An old outhouse has been converted into a visitor centre, run by the South Rhins Community Development Trust. In the summer, the lighthouse is also open by the Trust every weekend between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm; also on Monday, during July and August.

There is a Webcam at the Lighthouse offering different views of the area and a collection of recent images which is useful if you call in during the hours of darkness or poor visibility. See also the Location Map (you can enlarge/reduce the scale of this map, if required).

See also Places to Visit - Mull of Galloway for more information about the location.

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