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Kirkcudbright Galleries courtesy of VisitScotland | Damian Shields

Kirkcudbright – The Artists` Town

Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455, Kirkcudbright is a pretty harbour town in Dumfries and Galloway. It sits at the mouth of the River Dee on the Solway Coast. The town is bustling and vibrant and offers visitors much to see and do. It hosts many events including the Floodlit Tattoo, the Jazz Festival and of course, the magical Kirkcudbright Festival of Light.

A Paradise for Art Lovers

Kirkcudbright is famed as destination for art lovers due to the quality of the light. And was home for many years to one of the well known Glasgow Girls, illustrator Jessie M. King.

It was also a favourite location of the famous Glasgow Boys, including James Guthrie, George Henry, E. A. Hornel. Broughton House, on the high street was home to E. A. Hornel. Now owned by the National Trust, you can visit the house and beautiful Japanese garden.

A visit to the outstanding Kirkcudbright Galleries is an absolute must. This recently opened regional gallery in the town centre is home to an extensive artists collection. It also offers excellent temporary exhibitions throughout the year. From October 2021, Kirkcudbright Galleries will showcase The Galloway Hoard, the richest collection of rare and unique Viking-age objects ever found in Britain or Ireland.

Step over to the Dark Side

The newly opened Johnston centre in Kirkcudbright is home to the Dark Space Planetarium and to the Dark Art Distillery.

Discover what it’s like to be in outer space through interactive exhibits and experience trips to the stars, all at the Dark Space Planetarium. Or take a tour of the Dark Art Distillery, learn about the history and the process of gin making and taste their delightful Sky Garden Gin, produced in the heart of Kirkcudbright.

Discover a New Talent

Visitors with artistic aspirations might want to visit The Wee Pottery and try your hand at creating your own ceramic work of art! Or for those with a love of all things culinary, why not try a class at the Station House Cookery School?

Step Back in Time

As soon as you arrive on your holiday in Kirkcudbright, you’ll see the amazing ruins of MacLellan’s Tower. Visit this 16th century tower house to learn the riches to rags story of the MacLellan family! Then take a stroll over to the Stewartry Museum, with its old world charm and exhibits that tell the fascinating stories of the people and natural environment of Kirkcudbright.

Explore Your Surroundings

There is much to see and do in Kirkcudbright town itself, but the surrounding area has a lot to offer visitors too and it makes a great stop on the South West Coastal 300. Dundrennan Abbey, where Mary Queen of Scots spent her final night in Scotland is nearby. As is the wonderful Cream o’Galloway where you can learn to make, and of course taste, the most indulgent ice-cream you’ve ever had!

Events

Kirkcudbright Galleries 2021-2022
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Kirkcudbright Floodlit Tattoo & Fireworks Display 2022
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Raiders Gravel Galloway 2021 CANCELLED
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Kirkcudbright Festival of Light 2021
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Kirkcudbright Food Festival 2021
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Attractions

Galloway Forest Park
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South of Scotland Golf
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Dark Space Planetarium
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Dark Art Distillery
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Barholm Cycle Hire
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Barholm Arts and Crafts
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Broughton House and Garden
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Galloway Cycling Holidays
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Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere
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Kirkcudbright Golf Club
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Cally Palace Golf Course
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Kirkcudbright Galleries
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The Stewartry Museum
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Kirkcudbright Development Trust
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The Wee Pottery – Kirkcudbright
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South West Coastal 300 #SWC300
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Historic Scotland- MacLellan’s Castle
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Historic Scotland – Dundrennan Abbey
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NTS Rockcliffe Coastline
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Food and Drink

Kilnford Farm Shop
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Mr Pook’s Kitchen
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The Crafty Crow
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Jake Irving Ceramics and Coffee Shop
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Station House Cookery School
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Masonic Arms
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Kirkcudbright Galleries Cafe
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Selkirk Arms Hotel
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Brambles Delicatessen
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Barstobrick
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Moat Brae Birthplace of Peter Pan
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The Gallery at Laurieston
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Easterbrook Hall
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Creetown Gem Rock Museum
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Sulwath Brewers Ltd
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Cream o’ Galloway
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  • Selkirk Arms Hotel

    Hotels and Inns- 17 rooms
    Kirkcudbright
    • Stunning Accommodation
    • Locally Sourced Food
    • The Artists' Town

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  • Solway View Holidays

    Camping / Caravans / Holiday Parks- 5 rooms
    Kirkcudbright
    • Wooden Wigwam Camping Pods
    • Small friendly Campsite
    • Coastal Location

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  • The Waterhouse

    Self Catering - Sleeps 6
    Kirkcudbright
    • 2 beautiful lodges; The Waterhouse sleeps 4 and The Boathouse sleeps 2.
    • The Waterhouse retreat is a haven of peace set in beautiful rural South West Scotland
    • Only minutes away from stunning coastline and secluded beaches

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  • Yellow Door Holiday Cottage

    Self Catering - Sleeps 4
    Kirkcudbright
    • Beautiful Cottage in heart of Kirkcudbright
    • Walking distance to shops and bars
    • Charming 300 year old cottage with Artistic heritage

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