cottages and an old smithy are adjoined by a walled garden. The garden belonged to the principal lighthouse keeper.
It was the first lighthouse in the world to have a catadioptric design, which meant that the beam was focussed with both lenses and mirrors. At the time the famous physicist Lord Kelvin ranked it (along with the lighthouses at Rhinns of Islay and Buchan Ness) as one of the top three lighthouses in the World.
moving first hand account by David Collin, one of the people who discovered the murdered man, on the Kirkcudbright community website.