Mull of Galloway circular walk

A Dumfries and Galloway walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 16/09/16

The Mull of Galloway is the southernmost point of Scotland. This walk follows the coastline for part of the route before heading inland to cross the peninsula. Today it is a nature reserve managed by the RSPB and you can see a wide variety of birdlife in season.

Technical sheet
Calculated time Calculated time: 3h25[?]
Distance Distance : 10.18km
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 220m
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 224m
Highest point Highest point : 68m
Lowest point Lowest point : 5m
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Dumfries and Galloway
Starting point Starting point : N 54.63542° / W 4.8603°
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Description

(D)The start is the small car park close to the lighthouse (grid ref. NX154304). From the parking area follow the coast path west (with the sea to your left) and continue along the cliffs to reach the access road to the peninsula. Here bear left towards West Cairngaan and continue along the coast for about three quarters of a mile before turning inland towards West Cairgaan. There is a waymark at the junction.

(1)Heading north follow the clear path passing West Cairngaan on your left until you near East Cairngaan Farm (grid ref. NX130323) also on your left. Turn right here (east) and follow the path alongside a burn at first to reach a road (grid ref. NX135325).

(2)Cross the road and continue east along the banks of Kirk Burn to reach the coast. Turn right along the coast path and walk south towards to the Mull of Galloway.

(3)Returning to the road, bear left and either follow the road back to the start or take the path on your left which offers better views of the cliffs and sea.(A)

Waypoints :
D/A : km 0 - alt. km 0 - Start: lighthouse car park
1 : km 3.83 - alt. km 3.83 - Take footpath north
2 : km 5.58 - alt. km 5.58 - Cross road and continue east
3 : km 7.83 - alt. km 7.83 - Bear left along road
D/A : km 10.18 - alt. km 10.18 - Finish: lighthouse car park

Useful Information

The Mull of Galloway is the southernmost point of Scotland. There is a lighthouse is built in 1830 by engineer Robert Stevenson. The area is a nature reserve managed by the RSPB. The walk follows the south facing cliffs before crossing the peninsula to return along the east coast. As with many coastal walks, expect to encounter some short ascents during the walk.

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

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