Rubha nan Gall

Rubha nan Gall lighthouse is located north of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. The name means "Stranger's Point" in Scottish Gaelic. It was built in 1857 by David and Thomas Stevenson and is operated by the Northern Lighthouse Board.[2] The lighthouse was automated in 1960 and the nearby former keepers' cottages are privately owned.

Rubha nan Gall Lighthouse
Rubha nan Gall lighthouse
Argyll and Bute
LocationNorth-East point of the
Isle of Mull
Argyll and Bute
Coordinates56.638672°N 6.066241°W / 56.638672; -6.066241
Year first constructed1857
Constructionbrick tower
Tower shapecylindrical tower with balcony and lantern
Markings / patternwhite tower, black lantern, ochre trim
Tower height18.9 metres (62 ft)
Focal height17 metres (56 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Range10 nautical miles (18.5 km)
CharacteristicFl W 3s.
Admiralty numberA4112
NGA number4032
ARLHS numberSCO-194
Managing agentNorthern Lighthouse Board[1]
HeritageCategory C listed

In August 2013, the former keepers' cottages were sold and after extensive renovation work, one is a private home and the other is a self-catering cottage. Access is by sea or a 1.3 miles (2.1 km) footpath from Tobermory along the steep wooded coastline. The cottages have no mains electricity or water; instead a private spring supplies water, while an off-grid solar system provides power.[3]

See also


  1. Rubha nan Gall The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 24 May 2016
  2. Historic Environment Scotland. "Mull, Rubha Nan Gall, Lighthouse (157686)". Canmore. Retrieved 21 December 2018.
  3. Rubha nan Gall Lighthouse Cottage Retrieved 24 April 2018.

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