There are many museums, Broughton House stands in the heart of Kirkcudbright, it is dedicated to E A Hornel an artist, a collector and an antiquarian. Hornel bought this impressive house in 1901 and transformed it into his home and a studio. Many of his works still hang inside the house for all to admire, outside there is a beautiful garden with views overlooking the River Dee and the harbour. Other museums are the Stewartry Museum, which started off at the town hall. The Tolbooth building is now the arts centre and the Kirkcudbright Galleries which were opened by the Princess Royal in 2018.
Kirkcudbright is known as an artists town, from painters, photographers, sculptors to willow makers who all work in and around the town of Kirkcudbright. You`ll find lots of it walking around the town and along the harbour.
There are many art galleries in Kirkcudbright, the oldest being "The Harbour Cottage Gallery" but there are others with great artwork to admire and purchase including "The Whitehouse Gallery""Ochre Gallery" and the "High Street Gallery"
The town has provided a great location for many films and TV programs over the years including "The five red herrings " by Dorothy L Sayers in 1931, which in 1975 was made into BBC TV film starring Ian Carmichael playing Lord Peter Wimsey. In 1973 the cult horror film "The Wicker Man" was filmed in and around Kirkcudbright, you`ll still see many wicker sculptures around the town today, the film starring Edward Woodward and Britt Ekland is a must see, but to be honest I`m not a great fan
The town is also notable for it`s musicians, Matt McGinn wrote and recorded the "The Wee Kirkcudbright Centipede" with Alistair McDonald covering the song on his TV show "Songs of Scotland", it also holds one of the best "Jazz Festivals" during June with many awarded winning Jazz bands.
Surrounded by coast and hills it`s an amazing place to walk, cycle or hike, and in 2019 the first stage of the "Tour of Britain" from Glasgow ended in Kirkcudbright. on the 7th September. If it`s just a lazy day you`re after, then you enjoy a day at the beach.
During the year there are plenty events ranging from Farmers Markets, car boot sales, Pipe bands and Scottish nights, if you love cars try the classic car rally which is held during August and for the historian there are weekly historic walks and "Maggie`s Tours Historical Enactments" also take place.
If it`s 18 holes you rather walk around, then why not bring your clubs and try the par 69 parkland course atKirkcudbright Golf Course, with panoramic views of the River Dee estuary and the Galloway hills, visitors are always welcome, but we do have an amazing golf course here in Moffat, so test your skills on them both.
And of course the 9th reason to visit Kirkcudbright is that it`s only just over 40 miles from Moffat and a beautiful drive down with scenic views along the way.