Open your eyes and soak up the stunning landscapes of Dumfries & Galloway and you’ll see exactly why this region has inspired so many artists, writers and craftspeople.
Discover arts and culture everywhere in Dumfries & Galloway, from its Artists' Town of Kirkcudbright, to the natural sculptures on its hills and the creative events held all year round.
Scotland's National Bard, Robert Burns, was himself inspired by this region during the last eight years of his life. Burns lived in Dumfries for five years, but it was his three years at Ellisland Farm he found most inspiring, affectionately naming the farm 'the poet's choice'.
Explore Scotland's only Artists' Town, Kirkcudbright, which has been home to a thriving artistic community for decades. The town played host to various Glasgow Boys, including E A Hornel, who had his home and studio on the High Street at Broughton House.
Find out more about Kirkcudbright's famous artists and see their works on permanent display at the Tolbooth Arts Centre. The top floor gallery features a changing programme of exhibitions, so there is always something new to discover.
Discover some unusual sights as you take a memorable walk around the hills of Cairnhead. When you reach the top of the hills you'll find a series of stunning red sandstone arches created by local artist Andy Goldsworthy. The combination of the natural beauty of the glen and the man-made splendour of Goldsworthy's sculptures - known as the Striding Arches - is truly striking.
Celebrate the beauty of the written word in Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town, where at any one time, there are an amazing 250,000 books for sale. Explore over 20 book-related businesses and see what you can find.
Choose from an exciting selection of events with music, art, literature and more on offer. The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival brings entertainment to the entire region with classical, jazz, folk music, dance and children's events, while the Wickerman Festival is partly themed around the famous cult movie and features a variety of music from current and new talent, on a farm near Kirkcudbright.
The Spring Fling allows you a deep insight into the life and work of the region's artists as around 80 arts and craft studios open their doors to the public with special events, workshops and tours. Or, enjoy over 100 activities to celebrate the written word at the Wigtown Book Festival.