LIVE LIKE A LIGHT­HOUSE KEEPER

Soundings - - Flotsa & M Jetsam -

Rubha nan Gall light­house is lo­cated on the Isle of Mull in the Scot­tish In­ner He­brides. In Scot­tish Gaelic the name means “Stranger’s Point.” The light­house was built in 1857 and au­to­mated in 1960. Since then, the nearby keep­ers’ cot­tages fell into dis­re­pair, but in 2013 they were sold, com­pletely ren­o­vated and one was turned into a rental prop­erty for up to eight guests.

Get­ting to the cot­tage may be a lit­tle chal­leng­ing. You can only get there by hoof­ing it over a 2-kilo­me­ter foot­path from Tober­mory, the one town on the is­land. That means you’ll have to carry your own clothes, food and drink, so you may want to leave that large suit­case be­hind. The trip should be well worth it, though. The cot­tage has a con­tem­po­rary kitchen with a wood­stove, a lounge with an open fire, four bed­rooms with en suite bath­rooms, a so­lar pow­ered bat­tery bank, a spring-fed water sup­ply and wire­less in­ter­net ac­cess.

The lo­ca­tion also pro­vides am­ple tran­quil­ity, spec­tac­u­lar scenery and an abun­dance of wildlife, in­clud­ing puffins, otters, and seals.

If you get bored, you can al­ways walk back to Tober­mory and visit the Mull Aquar­ium, go on a whale-watch­ing trip, hit the lo­cal cafes and restau­rants or, if all else fails, the Tober­mory Dis­tillery, where you can sam­ple their sin­gle malt whisky. Slˆinte. rub­hanan­gall.com

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