The Mull of Galloway is the southernmost point of Scotland. The lighthouse, built in 1830 by engineer Robert Stevenson, is 26m tall and sits 99 metres above sea level with a range of 52 km.
During World War II, on 8 June 1944 at 7.30 pm, a French member of the British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), Cladius Echallier, died by striking the Lighthouse in a Beaufighter, while attempting to make landfall in the fog on approach from the Irish Sea.
The lighthouse is now automatic, and some ancillary buildings 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.
The lighthouse and lighthouse keepers’ houses are designated as a Category A listed building.
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