The Mull of Galloway is located at Scotland’s most southerly point in Dumfries and Galloway. The area is surrounded by cliff top walks and cycle routes taking in the unspoiled landscape over Luce Bay and the Irish Sea.
On a clear day the views can take you as far as the lake district, over to the Isle of Man and the Mountains of Mourne in Ireland.
This part of Dumfries & Galloway is an unspoiled area with beautiful landscapes and benefits from the warm climate from the Gulf Stream. It is a very relaxed and friendly area with miles of rocky and sandy beaches, lots of beautiful gardens to explore, many historical sites to visit and excellent eating places.
At the Mull of Galloway point we have the lighthouse to climb with 115 steps. The 26 metre tall Stevenson lighthouse is open to the public at weekends throughout the year from Easter to October, every bank holiday and additional dates in July and August. There is Live Webcam on the top of the lighthouse with 8 different views. The Mull of Galloway Experience also has a lighthouse exhibition which is open from 10am-4pm during the season.There is an abundance of different birds flocking to the Mull of Galloway each year.
The RSPB Visitor Centre have cameras positioned on the cliffs which enables you to watch the webcams of the nesting birds. Puffins make an appearance around May each year and are so adorable to watch. The cliffs are home to a colony of sea birds, including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and birds such as the linnet and the stonechat can be seen in the 30 acres of heathland. Keep your eyes open for the grey seals,porpoises, dolphins and basking sharks swimming about in the waters below.
Gaillie Craig Coffee House serves delicious home-made dishes and scrumptious cakes throughout the day and it also has a gift shop where you can browse and buy local crafts,unique gifts and postcards. All this is situated at Scotland’s most southerly point with plenty of parking, you could easily spend a whole day exploring and gazing at the sea views.
The pretty villages of Drummore and Port Logan are nearby. Drummore has an excellent village Shop and Scotland’s most southerly post office. It also has a well-stocked visitor information centre managed by the local community. The village of Drummore has a garage (this no longer sells fuel, our nearest station is in Stranraer), Doctor’s surgery, Church and Bowling Green as well as places to eat and a wonderful beach.
Port Logan is a short drive away and here you will find Logan Fish Pond which was originally created from a blow hole and is geologically unique. In 1788 Andrew McDougall Laird of Logan decided to create a Fish Larder for storing live sea fish by adapting a natural rock formation on the shore. The work took 12 years and was finished in 1800. Additions to the original pond include Touch Pools, Cave Aquarium and Gift Shop. There is a Victorian Bathing Hut and Pool adjacent to the pond, which was used by the ladies of Logan House.
Port Logan was put on the map when the popular BBC TV series "2000 Acres of Sky" was filmed in and around Portlogan.
Portpatrick is a small harbour village on the western coast of the Rhins of Dumfries & Galloway approximately 22 miles from the cottages and B&B.
The village has wonderful views over the Irish sea to Donaghadee with hotels and restaurants located right on the harbour side offering al-fresco dining in the Spring/Summer.
It is also the base for the regions Lifeboat rescue and in the summer months the harbour is usually filled with many small boats and craft.
The town also has a lot of historical interest with the stunning ruins of Dunskey Castle just a short coastal walk from the village and also one of the earliest cruciform churches in Galloway at Old Portpatrick Church and Churchyard.
Plants, shrubs and palm trees can flourish in this part of Scotland due to our warmer climate. We have tropical gardens with palm trees and traditional gardens in the Rhins of Galloway. Whilst on holiday you can visit all six gardens in this area with a Garden Passport, which gives you 10% discount on admission charges to the six gardens. You can sign up for your garden passport at one of the gardens or download one from the website prior to your holiday.
You are able to buy flowers and shrubs at most of the gardens and also at nearby Soleburn and Craigiemains Garden Centres. There are tearooms at most of the gardens.
Aldouran Wetland Garden the wetland habitat and bird hide and can be found on the edge of Leswalt village, adjacent to Aldouran Glen Woodland and bounded by Aldouran Burn.
The Mull of Galloway Trail was opened in 2012 by the Rotary Club of Stranraer and runs from the Mull of Galloway to Stranraer taking in the spectacular sea views. The Mull of Galloway trail continues north and joins the Loch Ryan Coastal Path to Glenapp in south Ayrshire where it links with the Ayrshire Coastal Path.
The 212 mile Southern Upland Way coast to coast walk starts from Portpatrick.
There are 29 golf courses in Dumfries and Galloway. There are many more courses around Dumfries and Galloway including the famous Turnberry and Royal Troon courses.
We have plenty of really good fishing spots at the Mull of Galloway, rock, shore or sea fishing. In both the cottages and the B&B we have a very useful guide – Fish the South Rhins (Guide to Shore and Rock Fishing). If you would like to go out on a charter boat for the day fishing we have a few charter fishermen in the area.
We also have Lochryan Leisure, where you can enjoy the thrills of high speed on water on Loch Ryan Leisure’s custom built RiB offering charter hires on Loch Ryan, Luce Bay or the Solway. To book or for more information Tel.07841 114 489.