Walk: Mull of Galloway with a sting in the tail

Dumfries & Galloway | Rhins of Galloway | Half day walk | ★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: Mull of Galloway with a sting in the tail ★★★
Start / finish at Mull of Galloway Lighthouse car park, minor road end 6 mi south of Drummore, G.R.: NX 155304 ///invoices.offers.visitors

▶ 11 km / 7 mi | ▲ 190 m | ⌚ Half a day | Moderate
Features: Mull of Galloway ★★★ & lighthouse ★★★; West & East Tarbet beaches; Portankill bay
Terrain: Often good paths, but faint (and overgrown in late summer) section just beyond West Tarbet. Quite a rough route overall for this difficulty rating.

Route & map

Car park - 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)

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: A solitary seal, a few gannets and other seabirds, sheep. Cows making a short detour necessary when returning to start.
Weather: Sunny with light winds.

[East Tarbet beach]


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