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Kirkcudbrightshire Visitor Travel Guide Page

We have compiled a travel and holiday information guide to help with your holiday stay in Kirkcudbrightshire.

About Kirkcudbrightshire

Douglas Castle, Kirkcudbrightshire

Kirkcudbrightshire is a south-western Scottish county. Within its borders are the smaller islands of Little Ross and Hestan. Both are used for lighthouses. The north-western section of the county proves to be desolate, wild, and rocky. Here, the main mountains are the Merrick at 2,764 feet that is the tallest in Scotland's south, as well as the Rinns of Kells. Its principal peaks are Millfire at 2,350 feet, Meikle Millyea at 2,446 feet, Carlins Cairn at 2,650 feet, and Corscrine at 2,668 feet above sea level. Other lofty peaks rise in the South-west of the county. Lamachan reaches 2,349 feet, Larg achieves 2,216 feet, and Cairnsmore of Fleet rises to 2,331 feet. The North sees the glorious hill of Cairnsmuir of Carsphairm that makes 2,612 feet, as well as the Windy Standard at 2,287 feet.

In the south, Kirkcudbrightshire proves to be generally level or gently rolling. It is known for its beautiful scenery. Here, the shores are rocky and brazen, indented as they are by a great number of estuaries that create natural harbours. Because the sea is so shallow in these lochs, they are not much utilized for shipping. The Solway shows off big reaches of sand at low tide. This fast moving tide has commonly caused people to be killed.

There are countless waters and burns in this county. Longer rivers in Kirkcudbrightshire are the River Cree that empties into the sea after thirty miles, the River Dee that is black coloured by the peat it contains for almost thirty-six miles, the River Urr that forms from Loch Urr then reaches the sea after twenty-seven miles, the River Ken that joins into the River Dee at the south part of Loch Ken following twenty-four miles of beautiful scenery, and the River Deugh that twists and winds amazingly along for twenty miles.

There are numerous lochs in the county. Loch Ken at six miles long and two miles wide is the only one of any size. Only one glen is spoken of in the county, that of Glen Trool, famous for its romantic scenery and connection with Robert Bruce.


Attractions & Heritage Sites within Kirkcudbrightshire

1. Broughton House - 12 High Street, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG6 4JX

Broughton House was structured during the 18th century and housed the great 19th century artists, E.A. Hornel.

2. Stewartry Museum - St. Mary Street, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG6 4AQ

Stewartry Museum showcases some of the most prominent historical artifacts in southern Scotland. Notably, the prehistoric rock engravings.

3. The CocoaBean Company - Twynholm, Kirkcudbrightshire, DG6 4NP

The CocoaBean Company specialize in new chocolate products geared towards potential and existing customers. Customers may participate in the creation of their very own chocolate!


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Towns and Villages in Kirkcudbrightshire

Kirkcudbrightshire has some lovely towns and villages to explore, below is a list with a short summary and link to more information about it and pictures.

  • Castle Douglas - has been a market town since the Middle Ages... More...
  • Kirkcudbright - sits at the end of its long bay on the north side of the Solway Firth... More...

Useful Contact Information for Kirkcudbrightshire

Castle Douglas Tourist Information Centre
Markethill Car Park, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway (Kirkcudbrightshire), DG7 1AE
Tel No: 01556 502611

Gatehouse of Fleet Tourist Information Centre
Mill on the Fleet, High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway (Kirkcudbrightshire), DG7 2HS
Tel No: 01557 814099

Kirkcudbright Tourist Information Centre
Harbour Square, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway (Kirkcudbrightshire), DG6 4HY
Tel No: 01557 330494