Just back From… Kirkcudbright

I have visited Scotland a few times, but never Dumfries and Galloway. I’d heard good things about the region, not least that they have some good gardens on account of it being near the Gulf Stream so the climate is warm, wet and mild – i.e. no frost.


Having booked a week in Keswick for the OH’s 65th birthday, I realised how close to D&G we were going to be, so on a whim, booked a week in Kirkcudbright known as “The Artists’ Town” because of the generations of creative artists who made this their home. It is also a fishing town, though most of the catches, mainly scallops, are apparently sent to France. With its wide streets, prettily coloured houses, free parking and independent shops and many activities in the town and the area it looked like a nice place to relax.

We stayed in the High Street, in the heart of the town behind the castle and close to several art studios, art centres and art galleries.




MacLellan’s Castle



Lots of lovely flower displays to be found down a wynd (alley or narrow lane) or pend (architectural term referring to a passageway that passes through a building, often from a street through to a courtyard)

Malaya Garnet Clematis
Malaya Garnet Clematis

Some very interesting houses and shops:


Very interesting dormer windows
Very interesting dormer windows

Spectacular river views along the Dee:


Art and Creativity

Harbour Gallery

Churches and Public Buildings, often in distinctive red sandstone

The Town Hall

And what a delightful week we had, culminating in a little jazz  🙂

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

47 thoughts on “Just back From… Kirkcudbright”

  1. Great overview of the town and area, with excellent relevant photos too. One for the Scottish Tourist Board I reckon!
    Regards as always, Pete. x
    (Just back from a very sunny Eastbourne, and hugely enjoyable wedding!)

    1. Glad you liked it Pete. Nothing like a good wedding. Trouble is not many people bother these days. Been a bit overcast here today.

  2. We celebrated NYear in D&G one time Jude but can’t think why we never made it to Kirkudbright it would have been right up my street 🙂 I’ve since become very fond of the works of Jessie M King and think I would have loved to stroll and explore the area . Super pictures .

    1. We loved Kirkcudbright, could have easily lived there, close to Cumbria and the Lakes – and there are lovely gardens in D&G.

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