Explore the Rhins of Galloway
When you stay at the Lighthouse Holiday Cottages, you don’t need to venture very far for incredible experiences and spectacular views. The Mull of Galloway Experience is a unique visitor attraction and is right on your doorstep.
The 26-metre lighthouse is open to the public at weekends throughout summer (generally Easter to the end of October), and daily during the school holidays (July-August). Climb the 115 steps to the lantern room at the top of the tower and this vantage point provides a 360-degree uninterrupted view of Cumbria to the east, Isle of Man to the south, Ireland to the west and Wigtownshire to the north, and also the opportunity to spot marine life.
The Mull of Galloway is home to mainland Scotland’s only operational foghorn and there are regular blasts and engine demonstrations. If you are celebrating a special birthday, anniversary or you have a keen interest in engineering and lighthouses then one of our volunteers would be happy to tell you everything you need to know and may even let you get ‘hands on’ with your own personal blast!
The Gallie Craig Coffee House is a short walk from the cottages and serves home cooked food throughout the day (seasonal opening). There is also an extensive gift shop, where you can buy local crafts, gifts and postcards.
At the Mull of Galloway you will find 30 acres of heathland, the RSPB visitor centre with live webcams, viewing platforms and the circular walking trail around the nature reserve. You will be amazed by the stunning views to the Solway Firth, the Irish Sea and the Isle of Man in the distance. The cliffs are home to colonies of sea birds, including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and gannets, and the heathlands are alive with rare butterflies, and birds such as the linnet and the stonechat.
The Rhins of Galloway has its own microclimate, and it is because of this that we are blessed with stunning gardens which are open to the public.
Our narrow peninsula has magnificent cliffs and a huge variety of sea birds. The Rhins of Galloway has around 50 miles of coastline, with many secluded beaches, sandy bays and rocky outcrops to explore. You will find many large sandy beaches on the east of the peninsula, while the west is predominantly cliffs with some sandy bays. The coastline here boasts many pretty little ports and villages, such as Port Logan, Portpatrick, Sandhead and Drummore.