Visit Kirkcudbright

Visit Kirkcudbright

What's On? Guide

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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.

Event Calendar/Visit Kirkcudbright Brochure
To see our extensive calendar of Kirkcudbright events, check out our What's On Guide. The all new 2015 Brochure (download here) and brand new Flyer have been published and are available in many outlets. They list over 100 events and attractions in the Kirkcudbright area along with a full list of restaurants, hotels, shops, businesses, accommodation and much more. Also available is the 2015 Art and Crafts Trail brochure

Town Map
Click here to access a copy of our town map.

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.

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.