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Kirkcudbright

Kirkcudbright is a harbour town on the Solway coast that has always been popular with artists. Located around 10 miles form Castle Douglas, and only 6 miles from the A75.

Kirkcudbright (pronounced kir-coo-bree) sits on the banks of the River Dee and is the only town on the Solway coast with a working harbour. It’s an attractive town with a colourful blend of medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings. Kirkcudbright became a magnet for Scottish artists in the late 19th century, and is now know as The Artists' Town beacuse of this association.

MacLellan's Castle is a ruined 16th century tower house by the harbourside and nearby is Broughton House, a smart Georgian townhouse which was once the home of the artist Edward Hornel. The house has some impressive Japanese gardens.

Other town attractions include the Tolbooth Art Centre and Harbour Cottage Gallery.  There are many independent shops within the town and a supermarket, alongside some great places to eat out.

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  4. Auchencairn

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  6. Threave Garden, Castle Douglas

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  9. Rockcliffe Beach

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  10. Rockcliffe

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  11. Castle Point Beach

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