Kirkcudbright Travel Guide

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Kirkcudbright Things to Do

  • Broughton House Garden

    There is a lovely spot almost hidden away at the bottom of the garden where you get a nice view out over the river and marina. I sat here for a while just soaking up the peace & quiet and lovely view

  • Broughton House Garden

    Broughton House is known for its lovely garden as well as the house interior. I had missed out on seeing it on my previous visits but on my most recent trip it was a beautiful sunny day so I made a point of going to check it out. Hornel, the artist who owned the house, spent some time in Japan and that influenced his garden design as much as his...


    Next stop is one of the towns most historic buildings, the Tolbooth. Its sits on the High Street where it makes a sharp turn left. Dating from the 17th C it used to be the Townhouse and jail having held at various times John Paul Jones (the founder of the US navy) on a murder charge, Covenanters during the 1680's and Elspeth McEwan who was later...


    Just up from the harbour and opposite the side of the castle is the whitewashed cottage that houses the Harbour Cottage Gallery. This one is a private gallery but on my most recent visit entry was free. They have various different art and craft exhibits throughout the year and I loved the summer exhibit which was a pretty general art exhibition....

  • Home for artists

    Further along High Street, on the same side as Broughton House, is Greengates Close which was home to another local artist, Jessie M King.


    Following the road round into High Street, you come upon Broughton House. This was the home of E A Hornel, one of the artists known as the "Glasgow Boys". He died in 1933 and the house has fairly recently been restored by the National Trust for Scotland and opened to the public, looking as it would have done when he lived there.You can see his...


    We start our mini tour of Kirkcudbright at the harbour - being as the public car park and tourist office are situated right there! You can get free maps from the tourist office that will keep you on the right track. I love harbours and boats it has to be said! There is a fairly ugly bridge upriver that kind of spoils the view somewhat but there is...

  • B727 Kirkcudbright Bay

    We stopped in al layby just passed the pebble sculptures, looking over Kirkcudbright Bay and St. Mary's Isle. A little further up the road at Goat Well Bay,is a very pleasant and popular picnic area of a fair size, complete with toilets,behind the nice looking beach.Along this stretch of road are many little rocky coves and beaches but there is...

  • Ross Bay

    Having read this was a pretty bay we had a run on the motorbike whilst parked up in a layby near Kirkcudbright.We took the B727 down the western flank of Kirkcudbright Bay and turned onto a minor road south of the picnic area.This takes you to both Ross Bay and Brighouse Bay, the latter having a large, popular camp site.There is also a rather nice...

  • New Galloway

    We decided to stop off in New Galloway to stretch our legs a little, after travelling for a few hours.We parked in the car park where men were busy strimming the verges, disturbing this incredibly sleepy little place.We wandered up the little back roads onto the main street, taking note of a couple of hotels and the odd shop. Oh, and a...

  • Clatteringshaws Loch

    This loch is a reservoir, created by damming the River Dee and flooding the valley. It was built to feed the Glenlee Power Station, the largest in the Galloway Hydro Electrical scheme and building took from 1929 - 1935 .The loch is a pleasant place to stay awhile, with cycle routes, footpaths and wildlife in abundance (if you are lucky!!There is a...

  • Stroan Loch

    This is a very pretty place to while away an hour or so. It is on the Raiders Road and has a small car park. As well as the loch creating a lasting memory, the Stroan viaduct adds to the image crossing the Black Water of Dee. This used to carry the Dumfries to Stranraer railway line that sadly no longer exists.Permit fishing for perch and pike is...

  • Otter Pool

    This is a pretty picnic site set on the Black Water of Dee along the Raiders Road. The river widens out here and and is popular for paddling and messing about on the river. On our visit, the water level was very low and rocks formed stepping stone like ledges.I presume it was named thus because of otter sightings but on a beautiful summer's day,...

  • Raiders Road (Forest Drive.)

    We travelled this ten mile forest road in our motorhome, stopping wherever we could to view the scenery.It is an old Drovers road featured in the novel "The Raiders" ,by Samuel Rutherford Crockett, a tale of cattle rustling.The road is seasonal, just about wide enough for two way traffic and has a gravel surface. It follows the Black Water of Dee...

  • MacLellan's Castle

    If you visit Kirkcudbright, you cannot miss this castle as it dominates the centre.The shell of the almost complete castle creates an imposing centre piece in the town and must have been quite something in it's heyday.When completed in 1582, by Sir Thomas MacLellan, the castle was one of the grandest houses in Scotland. Built on the lines of a...

  • Dundrennan Abbey

    We arrived here in the rain but after lunching in the motorhome, it had fared up.The first thing to strike us about this place was the profusion of wild garlic creating a green and white carpet, interspersed with some handsome horse chestnut trees and if, lilke us, you like garlic, then the smell was amazing. Situated in a peaceful location, the...

  • Threave Castle

    I guess you could say visiting Threave Castle is more of an overall experience than seeing a decent ruin. Having said that, we really enjoyed our visit!A visit to Threave Castle involves a short boat ride, as the ruins are on the small Threave Island on the River Dee.You park in the carpark some distance from the castle and a ten minute stroll down...

  • Threave Gardens

    Threave Gardens was on our planned "to do" list so the first decent morning, we set off in anticipation. The gardens are part of Threave Estate and are National Trust for Scotland maintained. Threave Houseis within the grounds but that is a seperate attraction. Entrance to the gardens is £6.50 per adult and then they had the cheek to charge us 50p...


    My main reason for visiting initially was because I had heard there was a "Monet and the Impressionists" exhibition taking place in the Town Hall there and I have always been a bit of an Impressionists fan. That exhibition has now finished as it was just on over the summer but the imposing building plays host to themed painting exhibitions every...


    Kirkcudbright is a pretty small place, well certainly the centre of it is, and very easy to walk around between the main attractions. Its also a really pleasant place for a walk thanks to all the brightly painted Georgian and Victorian buildings that line the streets, the picture postcard cottages, castle and the abundance of flowers everywhere!So...


    Continuing on down High Street you pass some lovely wee closes on the right hand side! This picture doesn't really do it justice but it was really pretty, lots of flowers etc So don't miss having a peak down there! There are also some nice wee speciality craft shops along this way and throughout the town


    On the other side of Greyfriars Kirk, at the top of Saint Cuthberts Street & Castle Street, sits MacLellan Castle. It was built with stones from the old friary by Sir Thomas MacLellan who became Provost of Kirkcudbright. The castle is now owned by Historic Scotland and open to the public for a small entrance fee. Behind the fireplace in the Great...


    Directly behind the harbour area sits Greyfriars Kirk. There are several churches in the centre of the town but this one is the nicest I think. Its very small and dinky looking! It dates from the 16th century and is all that remains of a Franciscan monestry. The small hill it sits on is known as Moat Brae, as its believed one of the Lords of...


    When we were in Kirkcudbright the first time there was a guy runnging horse and carriage rides around the centre of the town. He certainly seemed to be making a killing that sunny summers day! I managed to get a picture during a rare stationary moment!


Kirkcudbright Hotels

  • Selkirk Arms Hotel

    High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Gordon House Hotel

    116 High Street, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Business

  • Fludha Guest House

    Tongland Rd, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4UU, United Kingdom

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    by nickandchris Updated Jun 18, 2010

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    Kirkcudbright is a lovely little bustling town, set on the banks of the Dee.The buildings are beautifully maintained and often painted in striking colours to add to the prettyiness.The streets are wide which allows for easy free parking and encouraging folks to linger.MacLellan's castle in the centre of the town finishes all this off very nicely indeed.

    The harbour area is not as exciting as some but I have to admit, it was pouring down on our visit, making everything appear very drab and grey.

    One of the nicest looking buildings was Broughton House which unfortunately we didn't visit for it's walled garden because of the weather.

    What to buy: Shops are varied, from groceries to holiday tat but I'm sure most requirements can be met. The only thing we were tempted with was half a dozen duck eggs from the butcher's. Cost £1.30.Later, we enjoyed a gourmet lunch of two fried duck eggs each accompanied by crisp bacon. Absolutely delicious.

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Kirkcudbright Off The Beaten Path

  • Pebble Sculptures.

    August 2010 and we were in the Kirkcudbright area again. We took the B727 along Kirkudbright Bay, passing a small sign to pebble sculptures. We back-tracked and found a little track off seawards. Following it to the end, where there is a small parking area, we ended on a small, rcky beach. Hmmm, no sign of any pebble sculptures.We re-traced our...

  • Carrick Bay

    Now this is just the most gorgeous coastal area, do not miss if you are in the Kirkcudbright area.I had looked at this part of the coast on Google earth and thought maybe we could take the motorhome, get the boat out and camp. Knowing it was a narrow road, we did a recce on the motorbike and were glad we did as we were able to ride all the way...

  • Orchardton Tower

    This is a little gem, now in the hands of Historic Scotland.It is a circular tower house, the only one in Scotland, probably inspired by the Irish tower houses.We parked in the small parking area and went to investigate, at first only seeing the tower. Behind are more ruins of outbuildings, possibly two storeys high at one time.These were where the...


Kirkcudbright Favorites

  • Lots of Lochs!!

    Much of this area, from Carsphairn south to Kirkcudbright, consists of man made lochs with the Ken Water and River Dee being dammed at every opportunity. South, at Tongland near Kirkcudbright, there is a hydro elecrtric power station, as I think there is further north.Lochs we passed (from north to south)include: Kendoon with a fish farm,Carlsfad,...


    One of my favourite things about the town is just the loveliness of it!! There are so many brightly painted buildings, that in a way reminded me somewhat of some of the towns and villages in Ireland, as well as lots of flowers everywhere and just nice little spotsl ike this doorway. I loved that they had a porthole in their door as well as the life...

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