Kirkudbright holiday cottages are a stroll away from a pretty harbour, where the spectacular light has inspired painters for centuries. This welcoming town lies on the mouth of the River Dee, four miles from the Solway coast. At under an hour’s drive from Dumfries and the English border, it is perfectly located for exploring the gently rolling hills and lush valleys of Dumfries and Galloway. With its backdrop of woods and hills, and views across the shimmering waters of the Solway, a more picturesque base for a break in southern Scotland would be hard to find. Self-catering holidays in Kirkcudbright are perfectly located for exploring the unspoiled countryside of Dumfries and Galloway. Unlike the Highlands, which are known for their inhospitable, mountainous terrain, southern Scotland is dominated by gentle hills, lush valleys and ancient fields and woods. The area is a paradise for walking and wildlife-watching, with countless footpaths, where red deer and kites can be spotted. Thanks to the warming gulfstream, the weather here is much milder than further north, which is good news if you want to horse-ride, fish or mountain-bike in the spectacular Galloway Forest, a half-hour drive northward from Kirkcudbright.
Take a wander from your Kirkcudbright holiday cottage and youwill discover a traditional community, with family-run shops and cosy pubs and restaurants, where fresh seafood can be enjoyed. The architecture is a colourful mix of Medieval, Georgian and Victorian, and there are a number of striking historical landmarks, such as Broughton House, on the harbourside, surrounded by Japanese gardens. Nearby, the ruined 16th century tower of MacLellan’s Castle looms over the water. Make a stop at the farmers’ market for the finest local produce, straight from the surrounding fields and coast, and don not miss the excellent Tolbooth Arts Centre or Harbour Cottage Gallery. The town hosts a number of annual events, including Riding of the Marches in late July, when 100 horses are ridden through the streets. Kirkudbright's Children’s Festival in late June and the Country Fair in thew early part of July are both worth keeping an eye out for if you happen to be in town for the right week.