Rhins of Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway
as the main centres of population. Fishing, agriculture and tourism are the main source of income and employment in the Rhins. The area has shipping and ferry connections with Ireland across one of the narrowest points of the Irish Sea. There are 50 miles of coastline in the Rhins, some of it sandy beaches of excellent quality. The western coastline tends to have steep rugged cliffs and occasional inlets, with the more sheltered eastern coast featuring those sandy beaches and a more gentle landscape. The southernmost point of the Rhinns, The Mull of Galloway, also marks the furthest point south in Scotland. The area has been designated a site of special scientific interest and is a RSPB nature reserve. Razorbills, Guillemots and Puffins are among the many bird species to be found nesting on the steep cliffs.
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