Walk: Mull of Galloway with a sting in the tail
|[Mull of Galloway cliffs]|
A walk of contrasting halves explores the wonderful cliffs, beaches and bays on and near the Mull of Galloway. The route forms a rough figure-of-eight shape, with outward and return legs nearly converging on the isthmus between West and East Tarbet beaches (Tarbet means "neck of land" in Gaelic). East of this point is easy clifftop walking on short turf with excellent views to Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, England and the rest of Galloway. The western section is a mixed bag and it's important to pick your time of year carefully: stinging nettles and overgrown gorse bushes complicated things for us around West Tarbet in late summer. The inland section isn't so visually arresting as the coastal part, but pockets of interesting scenery at Mull Glen, Kirk Burn and from Portankill onwards offer recompense; overall, this is still a decent half-day walk. Start by visiting the lighthouse - you can see most of the route from the top of the tower.
|[The coast path after West Tarbet is scenic but overgrown in places]|
Name: Walk: Mull of Galloway with a sting in the tail ★★★☆☆
Length: 11 km / 7 miles
Ascent: 190 metres
Points of interest: Mull of Galloway & Lighthouse; West & East Tarbet beaches; Portankill bay
Start / finish: Car park at Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, G.R.: NX 155304 / invoices offers visitors
Route: Start - tip of Mull of Galloway - lighthouse - West Tarbet via south coast - Belloue via south coast - East Cairngaan - Barracks Bridge - Portankill - East Tarbet via east coast - start via north coast (or road)
Terrain: Often good paths, but faint (and overgrown in late summer) section just beyond West Tarbet. Quite a rough route overall.
Wildlife today: A solitary seal, a few gannets and other seabirds. Sheep and cows - cows making a short detour necessary when returning to the start.
Weather today: Sunny with light winds.
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|[East Tarbet beach]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)