The Mull of Galloway Trail is 24 miles long. This spectacular trail runs from Stranraer to the Mull of Galloway, Scotland`s most southerly point.
This is probably the most scenic trail in South West Scotland. After the initial section from Stranraer to Luce Bay,the trail follows the coastline of the Southern Rhins of Galloway to end at the Mull of Galloway where there is a visitor centre with an excellent cafe with stunning views – Gallie Craig Coffee House
The walk is mostly straight-forward with ample waymarks and fascinating information boards at the many points of interest.
Mull of Galloway Trail starts (or finishes) at Stranraer Visitor Information Centre and crosses overland to Clayshant on the shores of Luce Bay then continues southwards via Sandhead, Ardwell and Drummore to the Mull of Galloway.
There are opportunities to stop off for food and refreshments at Sandhead and Drummore and there are various accommodation providers on or near the route including those listed on this page.
An information leaflet which includes details of bus services is available from the Visit Scotland Information Centre in Stranraer and from most accommodation providers.
This trail was created by the Rotary Club of Stranraer who also created the Loch Ryan Coastal Path which runs from Stranraer to Glenapp. It is possible to extend the Mull of Galloway trail by 12 miles by continuing on the Loch Ryan Coastal Path.
A Short Sample of the Mull of Galloway Trail
For those who are pushed for time and don`t have the time to walk the entire trail, a great option is to walk the final section from East Tarbet Bay to the trail end close to the lighthouse.
It is important to stress that much of this section of the trail involves walking on a very narrow path which has exposed sections and which can be slippery after rain so care is required at all times and children should be closely supervised.
You can park your car at Gallie Craig and follow the cliff path towards Kennedy`s Cairn then follow the road to East Tarbet where a track leads down to the bay where there is a ruined cottage and another building
Pick up the path near the ruin and follow it as it winds its way above the rocks and round inlets until a stone wall is reached. From here there is a steep climb up a grassy slope to the car park.
The walk should take about 1.5 hours and a coffee and cake at Gallie Craig is always a great way to finish.
Photo Credits Fred & Maggie Findlay