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The Arts in Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway has been chosen by some of the country's finest artists as home because of the unique blend of light and untamed landscape. These artists, such as E.A.Hornel  and The Glasgow Boys were inspired by their surroundings to create some of the most famous works the art world has seen.
Even today many members of the creative arts continue to come to work in the area particularly along the solway coast and have settled in towns like Kirkcudbright which has become known as 'The Artists' Town.

Here are just some of the places you might wish to visit as you explore the Arts in Dumfries and Galloway.

Broughton House

broughton house, home of e.a. hornel, kirkcudbright
Tolbooth Art Centre

tollbooth art centre, kirkcudbright

Gracefield Art Centre

gracefield art centre, dumfries

Castle Douglas Art Gallery

castle douglas art gallery, dumfries and galloway

The CatStrand, New Galloway

The catstrand ewe, new galloway.

Striding Arches by Andy Goldsworthy

striding arches by andrew goldsworthy, galloway.

A' the Airts, Sanquhar

A' the Airts, community arts centre, sanquhar


History & Heritage of Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway is steeped in history; not all of it good. For many centuries the area was ruled by powerful, warlike families or clans who fought between themselves and anyone else who challenged their rule.
This led to Galloway, in particular, to become a hotbed of dissent in the period called 'the Killing Times' when local Covenanters stood against the will of the Crown, and suffered terrible retribution.
The results can still be seen today in the kirkyards of many of the small villages in the area, where victims of this time are buried and commemorated.

Here are just some of the places you might wish to visit as you explore the history and heritage of Dumfries and Galloway.

Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries and Galloway

Threave Castle

Threave Castle, Dumfries and Galloway
Drumlanrig Castle

Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway

St. Ninian & the Whithorn Story
The Whithorn Story, Dumfries and Galloway

Robert Burns' Heritage Sites
Robert Burns' House, Dumfries and Galloway

The Covenanters of the Glenkens
The Covenanters Memorial, Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway

Dalry's Tam 'O' Shanter Connection
Waterside Hill, Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway

Carsphairn Heritage Centre
Carsphairn heritage centre, Dumfries and Galloway.