Mull of Galloway 2017 Events
We have an exciting year ahead and lots of events planned. More information will be added to this page as events are finalised so please keep an eye on our progress. You can also find out more on Facebook.
The engines will be switched on every Sunday between 1pm and 2pm during the 2017 season. In addition group bookings are welcome any day of the week by prior arrangement. Contact us for details and to book your engine experience.
Solway Vehicle Charity Road Run and Car Show
View the classic and iconic vehicles of the Solway Vehicle Club as they arrive at the Lighthouse on Sunday 24th September from 1pm onwards. The static display will remain at the Lighthouse until around 4pm so visitors can have the opportunity to chat to the drivers and admire these fine vehicles. Don’t forget your camera! Get your ‘Bird’s Eye view’ from the top of the Lighthouse – open from 10am to 4pm. Meet one of the bikes and rider from Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes, our special guests for the afternoon. Find out more on Facebook.
Past Events 2017
Sunday 9th April 2017 – Meet Ollie Green who is cycling coast to coast in Scotland from the Mull of Galloway to Burnmouth. Ollie is hoping to raise £10,000 for Save the Children Syrian Crisis Appeal. His challenge is by one wheel and he will be making his journey by unicycle. Meet Ollie at the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse on Sunday 9th April from 1pm to 3pm for unicycle demonstrations and a chat about his challenge. You may even get to have a go yourselves! The lighthouse and exhibition will be open from 10am to 4pm. Join our Facebook Event.
Monday 17th April – Arty Crafty Workshop in the Visitor Centre on the Mull of Galloway Reserve. Everyone is welcome, no booking is required and the workshop is free of charge. See the information for Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail for more information.
Monday 1st May – Arty Crafty Workshop in Drummore Church Hall. Everyone is welcome, all ages welcome, no booking is required and the workshop is free of charge. See the information for Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail for more information.
Sunday 30th April – Engine switch on!
The Mull of Galloway Trust and South Rhins Community Development Trust are delighted to announce that after 30 years the 1955 Kelvin Diesel engines, which used to create the compressed air to run the Fog Horn at the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse are now operational again. The Fog Horn, which is located 100 feet below the lighthouse was last sounded in 1987, a year before the Lighthouse became fully automatic.
On Sunday 30th April there will be a ‘Grand Switch On’ and demonstration of the engines. This memorable event will take place at 1.30pm with a piper welcoming you to Scotland’s most Southerly Point. This will be followed by the switch on at 2pm by John Ross, Commissioner of Northern Lighthouse Board. George McDermid, Former Lighthouse Keeper, will be on hand to chat to visitors and answer any questions about the engines and the role of the keeper in the operation of the Fog Horn. The ladies from Kirkmaiden Church will be serving tea, coffee, scones and fruit cake and all proceeds will go towards church funds. The event is sponsored by Portpatrick Brewery who have named one of their real ales after the Mull of Galloway Fog Horn. This event is free of charge to attend and everyone is welcome. This is a great opportunity to celebrate Lighthouse Heritage as part of the 2017 Visit Scotland Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.
Friday 21st July from 12 noon to 4pm we welcome the Visit Scotland Coo-Van to the Mull of Galloway. Come along and meet the friendly Coo and the Visit Scotland ‘Coo-Visors’ at the Lighthouse. A great photographic opportunity and an opportunity to find out the best information about every corner of Scotland.
Thomas Telford Event at Port Logan – 22nd and 23rd July 2017
The Mull of Galloway Trust has been awarded a grant from The Big Lottery’s Celebrate Fund to host this exciting event in Port Logan to celebrate the fact that the pier and lighthouse were built by Thomas Telford in 1818.
The Trust, together with other local organisations including Port Logan Village Hall Committee and Kirkmaiden Community Council has planned this two day event for local people and visitors to the area to attend, enjoy and celebrate!
This opportunity to discover the history of Port Logan and the Telford connection has been planned as 2017 is the Visit Scotland Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology celebrating historic places.
Port Logan is home to the most westerly work on mainland Britain of Thomas Telford (1757 – 1834), Scottish Civil Engineer, Architect and Stonemason. Telford was a noted road, bridge and canal builder. After establishing himself as an engineer of road and canal projects in Shropshire, he designed numerous projects in his native Scotland, as well as harbours and tunnels.
Everyone is welcome to come along and ‘Celebrate’! The full programme is now published – read more.
Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail
The Mull of Galloway Trust, Linda Irving Artist and Jane Fraser Artist are working with Kircudbright Art and Crafts Trail this year as the theme for this year’s event is lighthouses. The trail takes place in Kirkcudbright from 4th to 7th August 2017.
We will be running a series of workshops to produce art work for inclusion in this exciting project. Some of our artwork will be sent to Kirkcudbright for display across the town and then it will return to the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse for display during International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend.
Our first workshop takes place in March with the children from Drummore Primary School. There will be an art and crafts day at the Mull of Galloway on Monday 17th April 2017 from 12 noon to 3pm – everyone is welcome to join in and get creative with us. No booking is required and the event is free of charge to attend. On Monday 1st May 2017 from 12 noon to 3pm there will be another art and crafts day in Drummore Church Hall – everyone is welcome, no booking is required, pop in for an hour or stay a little longer. Meet people, chat and create some art and crafts to send to Kirkcudbright for the event in August. For more details contact us by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend – Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th August
International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend (ILHW) is an annual event to raise the profile of Lighthouses, Light Vessels and other navigational aids and to promote our Maritime Heritage. Many Lighthouses around the world will be open to the public and will be hosting special events.The Mull of Galloway Lighthouse will be open from 10am to 4pm and visitors can climb the 115 steps to the top of the tower and receive a certificate for doing so.
On Sunday 20th August we will be joined by John Ross CBE FRAgS, Commissioner of Northern Lighthouse Board, Ian Cowe photographer and writer and George McDermid Former Lighthouse Keeper. Join us at 11am for a presentation about the Flannan Island Mystery and Rock Lighthouses in Scotland. The Mull of Galloway was the film location chosen for the new film based on this mystery and filming took place at the Mull of Galloway during March, April and July this year. The film stars Gerard Butler, Peter Mullan and Connor Swindells and is due for release early next year. This presentation will take place inside the RSPB Visitor Centre on the Mull of Galloway Reserve and is free of charge to attend.
From 1pm to 2pm we have the engine switch-on in the engine room at the Lighthouse.
From 2pm we have our International Lighthouse Heritage Weekend Garden Party by the Lighthouse. Refreshments will be served by the ladies of Kirkmaiden Church and Stranraer Brass Band will provide the entertainment.
The Lighthouse art work from Kirkcudbright will be on display over the weekend.
Everyone is welcome and you can follow our updates on our Facebook event.
ILHW coincides with International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, which was founded by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group with the aim of radio operators transmitting from Lighthouses around the globe. Our local group, Wigtownshire Amateur Radio Club will be transmitting from the Exhibition at the Mull of Galloway on 19th and 20th August, communicating with other radio clubs based at Lighthouses around the world. Special Event Station GB2LMG.
Doors Open – Saturday 9th September
Climb the Lighthouse and visit the Exhibition for free!
At the award winning Mull of Galloway Experience, you can climb the 115 steps to the top of Scotland’s most Southerly Lighthouse, where a spectacular view from the balcony and lightroom will reward you for your efforts. For those keen to learn about how the Lighthouse used to operate, the Exhibition in the old engine room has an extensive array of information.
Doors Open Days is a free event for the public, offering unique experiences, fun days out and a new perspective on the buildings and shared spaces throughout Scotland. The Mull of Galloway Lighthouse and Exhibition will be open FOR FREE on Saturday 9th September 2017. Follow this event on Facebook.