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An artist’s town on the Dumfries & Galloway coast, perfect for lovers of Scottish Art, Kirkcudbright is a Georgian waterfront jewel along the shores of the Solway. Brimming with heritage Tolbooths, castle ruins and art galleries, sit back and relax in a beautiful arts rich harbourside town.
Hop aboard a boat trip along the River Dee from Kirkcudbright Marina and browse the town’s many delectable craft and gift shops, independent art galleries and craft centres. Character cottages, Georgian B&Bs, stylish apartments and peaceful caravan parks are all widely available and Fair Trade town Kirkcudbright features a find selection of cosy restaurants, tea rooms, cafes and inns serving locally sourced, Fair Trade and organic food.
Kirkcudbright’s arts roots run deep – the town was home to the established Kirkcudbright School of Painters from 1850 to 1950, featuring key names amongst the Glasgow Boys including Edward Hornel. See examples of Hornel’s work and other Scottish artists including S.J Peploe, J.D Fergusson and David Gauld at the Tolbooth Arts Centre on the High Street.
More art gems also feature in the National Trust’s Broughton House & Garden, also on Kirkcudbright High Street. Broughton House was Hornel’s home and studio from 1901 up until his death in 1933 – both the garden and artwork on display here demonstrate the influence of the time Hornel spent in Japan.
The perfect central base along the Dumfries & Galloway coast, Kirkcudbright is ideal for touring, within easy reach of the beautiful beaches on the Colvend Coast and the Galloway Forest Park to the northwest featuring some of Scotland’s best mountain biking trails. Dumfries and Burns Country is also just a short drive away – book Kirkcudbright accommodation online now.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.