Total distance – 3 kilometres
Ascent – 30 metres
Walking conditions – Flat, grassy terrain and single track road. Several faint footpaths.
Time required – Around 1 to 1.5 hours
Nearest town – Stranraer/Portpatrick
Driving South from Portpatrick you will eventually get to Drummond. This place is well worth a visit but don’t make this the end of your journey. Take the single track road to Scotland’s most southerly point.
The Mull of Galloway website describes the lighthouse as one of the UK’s best kept secrets. However, judging by the number of visitors we saw someone has blabbed. And a good thing too!
The lighthouse itself is 115 steps to a glorious view of the Isle of Man, England, Ireland and some of the best of the Scottish coastline. The Gallie Craig coffee House is less than 100 metres from the lighthouse so you can then relax with tea and scones or perhaps a steak pie if you think you deserve it. This café is also a shop, has excellent toilets and is perched precariously on a cliff edge,
Why not go for a pleasant walk along the single track road to meet the cows and watch them have fun stopping the traffic. There are also a number of footpaths for easy walking. Just be careful if you are walking with young children as some of the footpaths are only a few feet away from the sheer cliffs.
The cottages beside the lighthouse which were originally used as quarters for the lighthouse workers are now available as holiday lets. We haven’t stayed there yet but it certainly seems like a good idea, although I must confess I might find it a little spooky!