Top 10 places to visit in Kirkcudbright
From interiors to art, gin and to space, Kirkcudbright is a short drive away from Laggan and offers visitors a wealth of activities and places to explore.
Pronounced ‘kir-coo-bree’, Kirkcudrbight is a harbour town in Dumfries & Galloway which is just 11 miles down the road from us and well worth a visit.
For those interested in art, Kirkcudbirght is known as THE artist town due to many well-known artists flocking to the town for inspiration. As such, there are many art galleries in the town to visit.
With sweet alleyways and a mixture of Georgian and Victorian buildings, the town itself sits on the mouth of the River Dee and so is a truly beautiful gem of a town in South West Scotland.
We’ve put together a roundup of top 10 places to visit in Kirkcudbright.
For the homes and interiors enthusiasts, Rhubarb is a must visit. Run by mother and daughter duo Carolynne and Brenda and located opposite St Cutherbert’s Church, the independent shop provides visitors with gifts and treats for your home, family and friends. With a contemporary country home vibe, the shop features a range of beautiful items to buy. We guarantee you won’t leave this shop empty handed.
Based at the Johnston Centre The Wee Pottery is a paint it yourself studio. Perfect for both children and adults, visitors will be able to choose from a selection of blank pottery and paint their own masterpiece. Keep an eye on the Wee Pottery’s event page for special events for when you’re visiting the town.
KIRKCUDBRIGHT ART TOURS
Local guide Fiona takes art enthusiasts and visitors around Kirkcudbright showing them undiscovered locations and top art sites. On the tour, visitors will learn about the famous artists that have lived and worked in the town as well as meet contemporary artists.
THE WHITEHOUSE GALLERY
A contemporary art and craft gallery filled with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, furniture and more. The gallery has between 5-6 exhibitions over the year and features up-and-coming talents with some of the leading artists and makers in the country. The gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm.
DARK SPACE PLANETARIUM
Dumfries & Galloway has the most amazing sky at night so we thoroughly recommend a trip to the Dark Space Planetarium to explore the milky way some more. At the Dark Space Planetarium, you can enjoy state-of-the-art custom-made interactive exhibits and learn about space exploration, the solar system and space technology while you play.
DARK ART DISTILLERY
For those that love a gin and tonic, the Dark Art Distillery has recently opened in Dumfries & Galloway. Visitors to the distillery can learn all about gin, its history, meet the custom built still ‘Peggy’ AND get to taste the Sky Garden Gin.
Broughton House is the Edwardian home and studio of Scottish artist E A Hornel, also known as ‘Glasgow Boy’. Visitors to the house will be able to view Hornel’s paintings as well learning how he collected one of the world’s largest collections of works by Robert Burns. Visitors will also be able to stroll through the Japanese-inspired garden.
KIRKCUDBRIGHT HARBOUR AND MARINA
Still an active commercial fishing harbour, visitors to the harbour can see many fishing and cargo vessels. A short stroll to the Marina, guests will find a floating pontoon down which provides shore access for yachts and visitors. The harbour is a great spot for a short stroll or a place to enjoy a picnic.
One of the longest established independent retailer in Kirkcudbright, Lindsay Line is an independent ladies causal wear shop. Featuring brands like Joules, Seasalt and White Stuff, the shop is perfect for those with a nautical fashion taste.
For those interested in cutting-edge style fashion, Pleat is the perfect shop to visit. Another independent shop in the town, Pleat sells a range of must have fashion pieces.
THE STEWARTRY MUSEUM
Located in the town, The Museum features a wealth of objects relating to the area known as The Stewartry or Kirkcudbrightshire. Spanning over the 18th and 19th century, visitors will see pieces and artefacts that explain the history of this part of Galloway.