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Rickwood House Hotel

Rickwood House Hotel

Heugh Road · Portpatrick · Wigtownshire · Dumfries & Galloway · Scotland · DG9 8TD

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Mull of Galloway

The Mull of Galloway, Scotland’s most southerly point is also known as Scotland’s Lands End. On 4 July 2013, a community buy-out was completed so that the Mull can be preserved by the local community.

The Mull of Galloway is slightly further south than Hartlepool in England

Strictly speaking, the Mull of Galloway refers to the last mile or two of the Rhins peninsula south of Drummore but the term more usually includes the southern Rhins up to Portpatrick on the west and Sandhead on the east taking in the villages of Drummore, Ardwell and Sandhead.

The Mull of Galloway is a “must visit” day out for those staying in Portpatrick. For most, a single day is nowhere near enough!

Walking on the Mull of Galloway

There are various options for breath-taking walks on the Mull of Galloway – from a few minutes to several hours. Some suggestions are on our Walks page. The Mull of Galloway Trail opened in August 2012 goes from the Mull to Stranraer and beyond. Click on the Mull of Galloway Trail website for more information.

Mull of Galloway RSPB Nature Reserve

The cliffs at the Mull of Galloway are home to more than 3500 breeding pairs of seabirds. The reserve has the largest mainland seabird colony in Dumfries & Galloway and species such as guillemots, black guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmar perform fly-pasts.

Out to sea there are Gannetts, Manx Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwaters and Skuas in addition to mammals such as seals, porpoises and dolphins from time to time.

In May 2012, new cameras were installed far below on the cliff wall to allow observation from the visitor centre.

A wide variety of birds and butterflies can be seen on the heathland in and around the reserve Deer are also regularly spotted.

Lighthouse at Mull of Galloway

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse opens from Easter to October where you can view the interesting exhibition. At weekends you can also climb to the top of the lighthouse tower which has panoramic views to the Galloway Hills, Cumbria, the Isle of Man. and Ireland

The lighthouse was built in 1930 by Robert Stevenson, grandfather of the author.

Steps also lead down the cliff to the fog horn and bring you closer to the swirling waters and the many sea birds.

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse from the Air

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse from the Air

Logan Botanic Gardens

A vist to Logan Botanic Gardens is also a “must do” when visiting our lovely area.

The Gardens are billed as “Scotland’s Most Exotic Gardens” and we think they are! They are near Port Logan a few miles north of Drummore and more details can be found on our “gardens” page.

Other Gardens near the Mull of Galloway

There are several other gardens to visit on the Rhins peninsula. Logan House Gardens are next door to Logan Botanic Gardens. A short distance northwards is Ardwell House Gardens while in Portpatrick, we have Dunskey Gardens and Maze. Aldouran Wetland Gardens are at Leswalt.

Details are on our Gardens page. Slightly further afield are Castle Kennedy and Glenwhan Gardens.

Guided Walks at the Mull of Galloway

RSPB hold guided walks every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer months. 1pm start at RSPB centre, near Mull of Galloway Lighthouse.

Gallie Craig Coffee House

Gallie Craig is a coffee house, visitor centre and gift shop which wasbuilt in 2004 right on the cliff edge at the Mull of Galloway close to the lighthouse. It has a grass topped roof . Ceiling to floor windows provide awesome views over sea and land. If a list was made of Scottish Cafes with spectaular views Gallie Craig has to be in the top 5!

Delicious snacks are served and there is outdoor seating on decking right on the edge of the cliff!

Delicious snacks are served and there is outdoor seating on decking right on the edge of the cliff!

Delicious snacks are served and there is outdoor seating on decking right on the edge of the cliff!

The Mull of Galloway – where land and sea inspires!

Logan Fish Pond, Port Logan

Logan Fish Pond is another popular attraction near the Mull of Galloway. It is also near Port Logan and is a natural pond in an ancient blowhole which was used by nearby Logan House as a fish larder prior to the invention of freezers!

The main pool, aquarium and tanks hold over 50 species of fish and marine life and there are regular feeding sesions throughout the day.

There is a gift shop and plant sales at Logan Fish Pond