Mull of Galloway RSPB nature reserve

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Mull of Galloway RSPB nature reserve

The Mull of Galloway is a small, but spectacular nature reserve at the southernmost point of Scotland. It comprises around 12 hectares of  maritime heath and herb rich maritime grassland, flanked by 80m high cliffs, which support the regions largest seabird colony.

  • Notable animal species: razorbill, guillemot, black guillemot, kittiwake, raven, peregrine falcon, wheatear, stonechat, linnet, twite,
  • Notable and rare plant species: spring squill, thrift, sea campion, purple milk vetch, cliff sea spurrey, wild carrot, sheep's-bit, rock sea lavender, sea purslane and sea spleenwort

Best in: The views from the Mull of Galloway reward visitors at all times of the year, but the reserve is at its most spectacular in the summer when the seabirds are thronging the cliffs and the air is filled with their calls. Gannets from the nearby Scare Rocks colony can be seen fishing off the Mull. During favourable conditions in late September and October, impressive numbers of migrating birds can be seen heading south. It is probably one of the best places to witness visible migration in Scotland.


27 miles south of Stranraer, 8 miles south of Drummore.
Post Code: DG9 9HP
Grid reference: NX 156305
GPS Co-ordinates

How to get there

By car: follow A716 from Stranraer or B7084 from A75 and then brown tourist signs from Drummore.

By bus service: the nearest bus stop is in Drummore.

By cycle/on foot: along B7041 and minor roads from Drummore, or follow new Mull of Galloway Trail (


  • Visitor Centre (open March to end of October) – free entry (donations welcome); reserve open all year round
  • Live CCTV of seabird cliffs
  • RSPB staff on site
  • Toilets and baby changing facilities
  • Blue badge parking next to visitor centre
  • Picnic table and bench
  • Various viewpoints throughout the reserve
  • Reserve leaflet
  • Information boards and interpretation
  • Guided walks programme
  • School and other group bookings available
  • Car park just outside the reserve entrance
  • Cycle rack just outside reserve entrance
  • Gallie Craig coffee shop (not RSPB) next to reserve
  • Lighthouse museum & tower (not RSPB) (


RSPB Scotland
Warden: Crystal Maw
Office phone: 01988 402130
Mobile: 07920 591588
Seasonal reserve staff: 01776 840539

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Mull of Galloway Cliffs