Droning the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Our original High Flyer reached over 30,000 people on Facebook and we keep getting more likes!
Wow, it feels really strange when so many people like the work you do, a bit unreal really, but hey, we’re level headed enough not to let us rest on our laurels, instead it makes us push forward even harder to heights we’ve not reached yet. So let me tell you the story of the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse.
We filmed this footage with the old DJI Phantom 2 with the Go-Pro Hero+ Black Edition camera in 2016. We were actually visiting family in Creetown (near Newton Stewart), Scotland, when I asked James (our pilot) to take me to a nice beach. Our pilot, being Scottish, likes to crack some pretty silly jokes, like “Haggis is a national animal of Scotland and did you know that some of them have shorter legs on left side and the others have shorter legs on the right side and that is so to enable them to run on a certain side of the munro faster. The problem arrives in the mating season, as the haggis with shorter left legs needs to find a haggis with shorter right legs to be able to make the copulation feasible.” Sounds pretty awesome, right? I tend to not comment on things till I have the facts. At this point I grab my phone and Google things and obviously feel pretty dumb afterwards. Well, while driving to this beach, he cracked another joke of a similar nature. The road leading up to Mull of Galloway Lighthouse is a single track, lovely countryside road. At one point you can see the beach in the distance and I sort of imagine that very soon I can touch the sea with my toes. At that point James casually mentions, with a straight face that “this is one of the only beaches in Scotland, where you need to drive up a steep cliff to get to the beach” at which point my face just dropped thinking about lugging our drone equipment down a precarious single track cliff path to get to the actual beach. In reality it turned out that there is a lovely parking lot at the top of the cliff and no, you can not get to the beach at all, unless of course you are an experienced mountain climber, hence I had to abandon my dreams of a beach and just drone instead.
Well, Mull of Galloway is awesome from the ground, but even more spectacular from the air. It is the southernmost point of Scotland, situated in Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway. Mull means rounded hill or a mountain, and aerial photography really confirms that from the air. The Mull has one of the last remaining sections of natural coastal habitat on the Galloway coast and as such supports a wide variety of plant and animal species. On a clear day you can enjoy spectacular views to Ireland, Isle of Man and Cumbria. An active lighthouse is positioned at the point . Built in 1830 by engineer Robert Stevenson, the white-painted round tower is 26 metres (85 ft) high. The light is 99 metres (325 ft) above sea level and has a range of 28 nautical miles (52 km). The lighthouse is now automatic, and an old outhouse has been converted into a visitor centre, run by the South Rhins Community Development Trust, a group of local people and businesses. On a cliff stretching down to the sea you can also see an old foghorn, which was introduced in the 1900s and was used as an extra warning to shipping to avoid the Mull’s rocky coastline. The Lighthouse became fully automatic in 1988 and is now remotely monitored from the Northern Lighthouse Board’s headquarters in Edinburgh. The Lighthouse is open to the public from April to October and is definitely worth a visit.
We did some epic droning here, even managing to catch a curious gull checking us out. We really took it as a practice run to test our droning skills and never even considered that once we released the footage it would get so many likes. Well I’m glad it turned out rather spectacular. I now just wish we would have had our X5 camera on us to capture better quality footage, but hey, this is a good example of how quickly technology is developing nowadays.