Mull of Galloway 2018 Events
We have special events planned throughout the 2018 season for all the family to enjoy. There are seabird spectacular guided walks each Wednesday with RSPB starting from 18th April 2018.
The Lighthouse and Exhibition will be open from Good Friday, RSPB will be open by Easter and you can visit the website for Gallie Craig Coffee House to check their opening times. Lighthouse Tours are by kind permission of Northern Lighthouse Board and the Mull of Galloway is one of their Lighthouses which is open to the public.
Mull of Galloway EGGsperience Easter Quiz.
Join us on Friday 30th March, Saturday 31st March, Sunday 1st April and Monday 2nd April between 10am and 4pm.
Collect your quiz sheet from the Lighthouse Exhibition or the RSPB visitor Centre. Entry to the quiz is free and promises to be great fun. The answers to the questions can be found in the RSPB Visitor Centre or around the Lighthouse complex. Once completed, return with your answers to either the RSPB Visitor Centre or Lighthouse Exhibition to claim your prize. There will also be a prize draw for an EGGstra Special Easter Prize! The Eggstra Special Prize has been very kindly donated by Tesco, Stranraer.
Climb the Lighthouse – open from 11am to 5pm (last ticket sales by 4.30pm). Visit the Exhibition of Lighthouse History. Chat with RSPB staff and volunteers and see live camera footage of nesting birds. Enjoy coffee, cake, ice-cream and more tasty treats in Gallie Craig Coffee House.
A Blast from the Past!
The Foghorn and vintage engines are now fully operational again at the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse. We have a special event and demonstrations throughout the year to mark the first official blast of the Foghorn since November 1987. The Mull of Galloway Foghorn is the only operational Foghorn in mainland Scotland.
The special event to launch the ‘Blast from the Past’ will take place from 12.30pm on Sunday 1st April 2018 with a piper welcoming you to Scotland’s most Southerly Point. See and hear the vintage engines and the blast of the Mull of Galloway Foghorn. Check the calendar for the dates of demonstrations throughout the year.
Dr John Ross CBE DL, Lord-Lieutenant for Wigtown will host this special event. George McDermid, Retired Assistant Lighthouse Keeper (ALK) will be in attendance and he is happy to chat to you about his experiences as a keeper. Stevie Burns, retired engineer, who is responsible for the refurbishment can answer your questions and chat to you about the work carried out and how the engines and Foghorn function. Portpatrick Brewery will join in our celebrations as they named their Fog Horn IPA after this wonderful landmark.
Tea, coffee and cakes will be served by members of Kirkmaiden Church to raise extra funds for the church.
You can find out more about the Mull of Galloway Foghorn by visiting our dedicated photo album.
Admission charges for the events:
Exhibition, Engines & Foghorn Demonstration – £3 for adults and £1.00 for children under 14.
Lighthouse Tower Tour – £3 for adults and £1.00 for children under 14. Access to the Lighthouse is by guided tour only.
Enjoy the whole Experience – £5 for adults and £1.50 for children under 14.
Under 5’s visit for free!
There are no Foghorn demonstrations during the nesting season of the birds at the Mull of Galloway. Engine demonstrations will continue every Sunday and the nesting birds and newly hatched chicks can be viewed on the live camera recordings in the RSPB Visitor Centre.
The to be confirmed dates on the calendar during April, May and July indicate that an engine demonstration will take place and the Foghorn may sound depending on the laying of the eggs (April/May) and the fledging of the chicks (July/August).
Group bookings are welcome by arrangement, we can cater for birthdays, special occasions and special interest groups. If your group would like a demonstration . Foghorn holidays and weekend breaks are available in our three Lighthouse Holiday Cottages.
Mull of Galloway Presentation at Logan Botanic Garden- History, Heritage and Wildlife
Join us on Monday 7th May from 2pm at Logan Botanic Garden. Find out more about the RSPB and Scotland’s most Southerly Nature Reserve with its thousands of nesting seabirds. Learn about the history and heritage at the Mull of Galloway and the operational Lighthouse, Foghorn and vintage engine refurbishment. Find out more on Facebook.
Wildflower Walk with RSPB and Logan Botanic Garden
Join Richard Baines, Curator of Logan Botanic Garden on Tuesday 5th June at 2pm for a guided walk around the RSPB Mull of Galloway Reserve. Wildflowers are in full bloom so learn all about their ecology and importance to our native wildlife. Meet at the Mull of Galloway Reserve. Find out more on Facebook.
World Oceans Day
We will be celebrating World Oceans Day on Friday 8th June in Port Logan. This joint event focusing on ocean issues involves the Mull of Galloway Trust, RSPB, Solway Coastwise and Linda Irving Felt Artist. This event is an educational community event for the pupils of Sandhead and Drummore Schools in helping to protect the ocean for future generations.
South West 300 Charity Cycle Ride
We look forward to welcoming the #SW300 riders on Saturday 16th June on their 300 mile charity cycle challenge.
National Whale and Dolphin Watch 2018
Join RSPB Mull of Galloway on 4th August between 13:00 and 16:00 for a whale and dolphin watch at Scotland’s most Southerly Point.
Meet at the RSPB Visitor Centre for a short presentation on cetaceans of Southwest Scotland before going to try and observe any. Binoculars and telescopes will be available but if you have any of your own please bring them. RSPB staff and volunteers will be on hand to point out any other wildlife that may also be around at Scotland’s southernmost tip.
For more information contact info: or 01776 840 539.
International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend (ILHW)
Sunday 19th August 2018 from 1pm
International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend (ILHW) intends to raise the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids, promoting our maritime heritage.
To conicide with ILHW and as Community landowners, the Mull of Galloway Trust is hosting this event allowing people to see more of what happens on community owned land. Community Land Week is organised by Community Land Scotland in partnership with the Scottish Government.
Celebrate from 1pm to 5pm at our ILHW Garden Party.
We are delighted to announce that tea, coffee and cakes will be served by members of Drummore Bowling Club to raise extra funds for the club.
Gallie Craig Coffee House is also open between 10am and 5pm.
FREE Live entertainment from ‘Cliff Topp and the Foghorns’.
Foghorn Blast and Engine Demonstration starting from 1pm.
Climb the Lighthouse and visit the Exhibition from 11am to 5pm (entry fee applies).
ILHW coincides with International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW), which was founded by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group with the aim of radio operators transmitting from lighthouses around the globe. Wigtownshire Radio Club will be celebrating 25 years of ILLW and they will be transmitting throughout the weekend from our walled garden at the Mull of Galloway.
You can find details and updates of all our events on Facebook. If you would like further information please contact us by. You can call us on 01776 840554 from Friday 30th March during the hours of 10am and 4pm.