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The Mull of Galloway
Mull of Galloway Visitor Centre - www.mull-of-galloway.co.uk
This building originally housed the workmen who were building the lighthouse, in the 1820's and was later extended to act as a byre.
Local people have been anxious to provide facilities for those interested in the area while at the same time being mindful of preserving and protecting nature. Funding for the building of the Visitor Centre was sought and secured from the European Regional Development Fund, Dumfries & Galloway Council and Scottish Natural Heritage. Additional funding was provided by the Helen and Horace Gillman Trusts, the Northern Lighthouse Board and the RSPB.
It was decided to utilize this derelict building, which has been renovated sympathetically to blend in with its surroundings, with the aim of keeping a balance between the needs of man and nature. The wildlife had to be of prime concern, with the protection of rare birds and plant life taking priority.
The Visitor Centre contains considerable information about the Mull of Galloway - the birds, rare plants and marine life. It houses impressive audio and visual displays including a DVD of the local scenery and wildlife. Here you will have the opportunity to listen to the sounds of the birds common to this area.
Whilst admiring the model of the ship ploughing through the crashing waves, you may be transported back in time to an era abounding with Myths and Legends of the South Rhins.
The building also provides toilet facilities, with easy access for the disabled, as well as accommodation for the RSPB warden who staffs the Visitor Centre five days a week during the summer months, and gives a wealth of up-to-date information on the birds, plants and marine life. Volunteers are here two days a week and are on hand to answer your questions and to ask some of their own - with a view to improving local facilities and services. Visitors will be able to find further information on the area as well as suggestions and personal recommendations on accommodation and what to see and do while in the South Rhins.
Car parking is available on the perimeters of the Reserve and further access to the lighthouse and Visitor Centre can be made by car for the disabled through the gate (please close it behind you): it is a short walk for others. This walk can be extended to take a circular route around the reserve and experience the feeling of being at one with nature.