Nestled at the most southerly point of Scotland, the Mull of Galloway feels like its own wild island. Tread the path to the lighthouse and enjoy spectacular, panoramic views. Ireland, the Isle of Man, Cumbria and Galloway can all be seen on clear days, as can the Scar Rocks, which sit just off the mainland.
The Mull of Galloway nature reserve features grassland and heath, surrounded by steep cliffs that lead to the tumbling seas below. These craggy cliffs are ideal for seabirds to make their homes, including Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Shags and Black Guillemots. Ravens and Peregrine Falcons are also regularly seen around the cliffs. The Scar Rocks are mostly inhabited by around 4,000 Gannets, which are fascinating to watch, as they dive-bomb the sea.
The clifftop trail is peppered with plants and wildflowers, including Spring Squill, Thrift, Purple Milk Vetch and Sea Spleenwort. Twite sometimes breed in the heathland, as do Wheatears, Linnets and Stonechats.
Spring and early summer are the best times to see the wild flowers and breeding seabirds. Early autumn can be amazing for seeing the migration of songbirds through the reserve and for the huge rafts of Manx Shearwaters gathering offshore. Our visitor centre is open from Easter through to the end of October each year.