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The Mull of Galloway (Scottish Gaelic: Maol nan Gall, pronounced [mɯːlˠ̪ nəŋ kaulˠ̪]) (grid reference NX158303) is the southernmost point of Scotland. It is situated in Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway.

The Mull has one of the last remaining sections of natural coastal habitat on the Galloway coast and as such supports a wide variety of plant and animal species. It is now a nature reserve managed by the RSPB. Mull means rounded headland or promontory.

Lighthouse

An active lighthouse is positioned at the point . Built in 1830 by engineer Robert Stevenson, the white-painted round tower is 26 metres (85 ft) high. The light is 99 metres (325 ft) above sea level and has a range of 28 nautical miles (52 km).[3]

During World War II, on 8 June 1944 at 7.30pm a French member of the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), Cladius Echallier, died by striking the Lighthouse in a Beaufighter, while making a low landfall from the Irish Sea. [4]

The lighthouse is now automatic, and an old outhouse has been converted into a visitor centre, run by the South Rhins Community Development Trust, a group of local people and businesses. In 2013 there was a community buyout and the Mull of Galloway Trust purchased land and buildings, with the exception of the tower, from Northern Lighthouse Board. In 2004 a new café was built at the Mull of Galloway, called the "Gallie Craig". Its design incorporates into the landscape with a turf roof, giving views across to Northern Ireland and southwards to the Isle of Man.

See also

References

  1. ^ Mull of Galloway The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 16 May 2016
  2. ^ Mull of Galloway Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 16 May 2016
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 November 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  4. ^ The Forgotten Pilots, Lettice Curtis, Page 153

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