- 1 storey
- Sleeps 4 - 2 twins
- Sitting room
- Dining room
- Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle
- Gas central heating
Access to the lighthouse is available to cottage guests by arrangement.
For larger groups, neighbouring Puffin House sleeps 4 and the Old Lighthousekeeper's Cottage also sleeps 4.
About Mull of Galloway Lighthouse
Still in use as a guide to ships sailing round the coast of Scotland, Mull of Galloway lighthouse has shone since 1830. Robert Stevenson, the first of the famous Stevenson dynasty of lighthouse engineers began building the lighthouse in 1828. It stands 26 metres high, with the now automated light shining almost 100 metres above sea level; on a clear night it can be seen for 28 miles.
The first beaming system was 'intermittent' or 'occulting', where two cylindrical shades were moved up or down to create flashes of light and dark. The lighthouse was automated in 1988.
The exhibition in the engine room is currently closed until Easter 2013, as is the lighthouse tower.
About the area
Mull of Galloway stretches outwards from the Scottish mainland towards the Irish sea; on a clear day you can see the Lake District, the Isle of Man and the coast of Ireland, 26 miles away. The area is famed for its rugged wilderness. For supplies, fuel, a post office and the local Ship Inn head to Drummore village. 20 miles away Stranraer has ample shopping facilities.
Things to do
- Go for a drive and a ramble through the majestic scenery and end up in Portpatrick, a 500 year old pastel coloured village curved round a scenic bay.
- Wrap up warm and spend an afternoon wildlife watching in the RSPB's nature reserve, surrounding the Lighthouse. You may be lucky enough to spot porpoises as well as nesting seabirds and hares.
- Close to Portpatrick, the ruined 16th century Dunskey Castle sits on a startling green promontory that juts into the sea. Lashed by the waves, eerie and atmospheric it's no wonder it featured as a location in the 1951 film of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped.
The Lighthouse lies approx 20 miles from Stranraer. On reaching Stranraer follow the signs through the town towards Portpatrick until the A77 turnoff to Lochans and where the A716 begins. Continue along the A716 to Drummore. Follow the signs to the Mull of Galloway, five miles from Drummore.