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A community trusts now runs the land around Scotland's most southerly lighthouse.
The Mull of Galloway Trust took ownership of the land in July and a few months down the line, they've got big plans in store.
Fiona McIlwraith reports.
The Mull of Galloway Trust has been looking ahead to the future of the area after the community bought out the land earlier this year.
"We took over on the 4th of July, which is quite a memorable date for everybody, the first thing we did, was the day after, we put a flock of 20 sheep into the old vegetable garden to get rid of all the weeds.
"Since then we've had various contractors up here looking at replacing the single glazed windows, we're going to put in log burning stoves, we've got local contractors also looking at improving the insulation."
"We have three self-catering cottages, at the moment they're running at 84% occupancy since we took over, which is absolutely excellent and once we've done all the refurbishments and so on any income that's left from the cottages will go to the local community, which keeps it very very local, which is excellent."
A community who took over the land surrounding Scotland's most southerly lighthouse are now looking to improve the facilities there.
The Mull of Galloway Trust took ownership of the land in July and a few months down the line there are big plans for the site.
Double Glazing is planned for the three self-catering holiday cottages on the site, as well as wood burning stoves.
Funds are already in place for education heritage officer.
It is hoped a classroom can also be built in the old vegetable garden so children can come and enjoy the Mull and learn about its history.
The official handover of the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse Estate is being held today.
The community at Kirkmaiden have clubbed together to purchase the land and cottages around the historic lighthouse.
The ceremony, which will mark their formal takeover of the site, is being held at 11.30am.
The final £4,000 needed to purchase the mull of Galloway has been secured by the Mull of Galloway Trust.
The money, which has been awarded by the Galloway Association, means that the Trust now has the full £300,000 required for the community buyout of the 30 acre site.
The site includes three cottages, the RSPB centre and the fog horn, however it does not include the actual lighthouse tower which remains in the ownership of the Northern Lighthouse Board.
The president of the Trust, Angus Rex, said:
"The Galloway Association of Glasgow is delighted to be able to support the community buyout, to protect and develop this famous Galloway location to the benefit of the local people and its many visitors.
"The Association, founded in 1791, continues to provide financial assistance to projects that benefit non-commercial good causes within Galloway, particularly the arts, education, community groups and individuals.”
The Communuty Ballot held last week in Kirkrmaiden proved overwhelmingly in favour of the Mull of Galloway Trust continuing with their bid to purchase the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse.
The ballot was held over three days and was counted last Saturday (9th March) in the Church Hall, Drummore.
Dr Aileen McLoud, MSP acted as the independent Ballot Assessor.
The property has been valued at £300k and we shall be applying for the maximum amount of 95% of that amount, leaving us to find the remaining £15k. The trust has already secured additional funds of £11k and we are in the process of applying to additional funders to find the remaining £4k.
Providing the Trust are successful in their funding application, they are aiming for the 4th July for the actual purchase to take place.
Locals vote to buy the land surrounding the Mull of Galloway lighthouse. They will now apply for a grant to pay for the land and cottages.Read the full story ›