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Kirkcudbrightshire & The Solway Coast

Kirkcudbrightshire, locally known as “the Stewartry”, forms the eastern part of Galloway, which runs along the northern shore of the Solway Firth and Irish Sea. The coast on the Solway Firth is deeply indented with some small fishing villages, rocky coves and beaches. Kirkcudbrightshire itself lies between Dumfriesshire to the east and Wigtownshire to the west. The Solway laps its south shoreline; while over the Galloway hills is Ayrshire.

Kirkcudbrightshire is moderately hilly, the main towns and villages lying along the coastal district and the undulating landscape which runs from the north to the Solway.
  • County Town: Kirkcudbright
  • Main Towns: Castle Douglas, Creetown, Gatehouse of Fleet.
  • Main Rivers: Dee, Urr.
  • Area: 899 sq miles

Kirkcudbright - The Artists' Town

view of kirkcudbright harbour
Kirkcudbright
(pronounced kir-coo-bree) is an ancient port and county town of Kirkcudbrightshire set on the warm south-west coast amongst the rolling hills and farmland of Galloway.

The town and the surrounding landscape have inspired artists for over 100 years and continue to do so. Many famous names in Scottish Art including E.A.Hornel, Jessie M King, S.J.Peploe and Charles Oppenheimer have either lived here or were regular visitors. The town’s attractive High Street and its closes, preserving the medieval layout of the town, provided a focus for the artists, many of whom made their homes and set up their studios in its elegant 18th century buildings. Favourite subjects were the Tolbooth, now a visitor centre for the town’s artistic heritage, and the ruin of MacLellan’s Castle, which dominates the present-day port, home to a busy fishing fleet and a very popular leisure craft marina.

Back in 1622, it was from this same harbour that the first Scottish emigrants left for Nova Scotia.The town still retains a tranquil and unspoilt beauty while at the same time being a popular summer holiday destination for families with young children, attracted by the beauty of the area and the fabulous annual Summer Festivities programme including the popular Scottish Nights in the Harbour Square.