Lighthouse keepers no more

mull lighthouse.1The wind on the Mull of Galloway was blowing a gale as I walked around the headland. At Scotland’s most Southerly point stands a Lighthouse built in 1830 by Robert Stevenson. Under the lighthouse is a large fog horn which was powered by compressed air. The lighthouse was remotely monitored from afar in 1988 when the last lighthouse keeper closed the door on this dying occupation. Sea views, coast watching, bird colonies on the cliffs and a lighthouse just about everything to make a full day out.

Best views today close to the shore Gannets folding their wings back and dropping into the sea like giant darts to catch fish.

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Tea at the lighthouse

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Corsewall Lighthouse is situated on the northern tip of the Rhinns of Galloway. It is off the beaten track and is less visited than the lighthouse on the Mull Galloway.

In 1814 a Mr Kirkman Finley applied to the Board of Trade for a light on Corsill Point. The Northern Lighthouse Board Engineer investigated the possibility, and in 1815 decided that a light at the entrance of Lochryan in Galloway and also one on Point of Ayre is the Isle of Man, would be the most advantages. By 1817 the light was operational

Corsewall Lighthouse was automated in 1994 and is now remotely monitored from the Northern Lighthouse Board’s offices in Edinburgh. The old Light keepers accommodation was sold off and operates as the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel. We used the “open to non resident” as the excuse not only to visit the lighthouse but to have a cup of tea.