Scotlands Most Southerly Lighthouse Engines Up and Running After 30 Years Of Silence


After 30 Years of Silence 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 Mull of Galloway Trust and South Rhins Community Development Trust are delighted to announce the news and will be holding a Grand Switch On & Demonstration of the Kelvin Diesel Engines.


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.

The Lighthouse Exhibition and tours of the Lighthouse open on Saturday 8th April 2017. To check opening times or for more information about this event and others you can contact the exhibition on 01776 840554 between the hours of 10.00am and 4.00pm, check out the web site at www.mull-of-galloway.co.uk

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