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Galloway, Mull of

Mull of Galloway
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Mull of Galloway

A headland at the southern tip of The Rhins of Galloway peninsula, the Mull of Galloway is the most southerly point in Scotland. Its cliffs are home to breeding colonies of seabirds and the strong tidal currents around the Mull provide a perfect feeding ground for gannets. The lighthouse here stands 82m (269 feet) above sea level and is 18.3m (60 feet) tall. It was built in 1828 by Robert Stevenson, grandfather of Robert Louis Stevenson. Kennedy's Cairn tops a hill to the west of the southern cliffs and ancient earthworks link the bays of East and West Tarbet which pinch the peninsula. Boats are said to have been dragged across this narrow neck in preference to negotiating the strong currents around the headland.

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