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Visit Kirkcudbright

Kirkcudbright (pronounced kir-koo-bree) is a fascinating and genuinely pretty Scottish town. Attractive painted buildings in a whole array of colours vie for attention along its broad streets. A stunning array of Architecture with buildings like the town hall, Parish Church, Greyfriars Church, the Tolbooth, the Old Jail, Broughton House and MacLellan's Castle. A stroll along to the harbour to see the fishing boats arriving or preparing to leave, along with a chance to eat what they catch from the fish and chip shop in harbour square completes the charming effect that Kirkcudbright has on you.

Kirkcudbright's origins are ancient. The name comes from "Kirk of St Cuthbert" and reflects the town's early importance as an ecclesiastical centre. A monastery had been established here by 1000AD, and in the 1100s the area was also home to a Cistercian nunnery and an Augustinian priory, as well as to a stone-built royal castle. A Franciscan friary followed in the 1200s.

Kirkcudbright and its unique quality of light was at the heart of the town’s establishment as an artists colony in the mid - 1800s when the Feud family of Gatehouse set the trend for painting there. Charles Oppenheimer, Sir James Guthrie, EA Hornel, EA Taylor and Jessie M King were among the great names to have lived and worked in the town.  With its lively creative community, and collection of galleries and arts events.  Kirkcudbright is still very much known as the Artists town. The  town Hall is also a gallery of national importance.

A visit to Kirkcudbright is well worthwhile, with a wide choice of accommodation to welcome you, from 5 star b&bs to self catering cottages, studios, and a host of small friendly hotels, you can be assured of a warm welcome in this lovely town.

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