Welcome to "Visit Kirkcudbright"
Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455, Kirkcudbright has always been supported by a busy fishing trade. Behind the harbour the streets have housed generations of creative artists, a tradition maintained today by a flourishing colony of painters and craftworkers. This has led to it being called "The Artists' Town". Other well known features of the town are the pastel coloured houses and wide streets, the wide selection of mainly family owned shops where almost everything can be got, and the free parking all over town.
Visit Kirkcudbright Brochure
The 2013 brochure has been published and is available in many outlets. It lists events and attractions in town plus accommodation and much more. We also have a PDF version which you can download here.
Where we are
Kirkcudbright enjoys a sheltered position in the estuary of the River Dee on the north Solway shore. Only about 25 miles west of Dumfries the town is easily accessible from the M6/M74 motorway system and from Stranraer and the Irish Sea ferries. The area offers a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, attractive coastal landscapes and safe country roads.
Set amidst beautiful coastal countryside there is a comprehensive selection of holiday accommodation both in the town and in farms and villages around us, including self catering cottages, bed & breakfast and hotels. Kirkcudbright is especially well served by a number on high quality caravan and camping sites. Special interest groups such as cyclists, walkers and motor cyclists are catered for in many establishments.
If you are researching your family tree and it has led you to Kirkcudbright, the Discussion Forum on our Community website has a section on Genealogy for you to leave your messages. The STV Scotland's Towns series includes a programme on Kirkcudbright's History, which is available on YouTube. Also available is an episode of Weir's Way from 1994.
The area offers a wide range of activities for visitors and locals alike. These range from facilities to help you research your family tree to quiet country roads for walking or cycling, and golf and fishing are both on our doorstep. For the more energetic there is mountain biking, horse-riding and hillwalking. Our marina is very popular with visiting sailors offering one of the safest anchorages on the north Solway coast. If you are more adventurous, we have (within a short distance) two famous activity centres;- Laggan Outdoor and Galloway Activity Centre, both the centres host a wide range of activities. Check out the links above to find out more details of their latest activities.
Throughout the year a variety of entertainment is provided by Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities. This includes Kirkcudbright : Song Festival a music festival, The 13th Annual Galloway Children's Festival, Kirkcudbright Country Fair, The 11th Annual Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail PDF brochure available which you can download here. and Kirkcudbrights Famous Food Festival featuring "Four Chefs,One Venue,One Day". During the year there are Monthly Farmers and Producers Markets (March to December), an annual Plant Sale, Monthly Car Boot Sales (May to September), Seven Weekly Pipe Band / Scottish Nights, Riding of the Marches, Weekly Historic Walks and Maggie's Tours Historical Enactments. August sees a spectacular Parade Day, Floodlit Tattoo and Classic Car Rally see Event Calendar for full details.
The town also organises a world famous Annual Jazz Festival now in it's 17th Year. Kirkcudbright Academy run Kirkcudbright Half Marathon and (Beeches Run) in May and Kirkcudbright Rotary Club organise the Galloway Recycle Sportive in May a wide and diverse range of activities to suit all tastes.
Kirkcudbright Artist Town also features a Summer Art Exhibition in the town hall every July and August this year features "Tam O' Shanter" by Alexander ('Sandy') Gouldie.
or on links in blue above for more detail of individual events