10 Things to Do in Kirkcudbright That You Shouldn't Miss

September 6, 2017 Brandee Mangan

Kirkcudbright, (/kərˈkuːbriː/ kirr-KOO-bree; Scottish Gaelic: Cille Chuithbeirt) is a town and parish in Kirkcudbrightshire, of which it is traditionally the county town, within Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.
Restaurants in Kirkcudbright

1. Broughton House & Garden

12 High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JX, Scotland +44 1557 330437
Excellent
67%
Good
29%
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4.5 based on 233 reviews

Broughton House & Garden

Reviewed By ashovercouple - Sedgefield, United Kingdom

Broughton House and Garden in Kirkcudbright is a little gem – even in the rain! I have to be honest and say that I had never heard of the artist Edward Atkinson Hornel who died in 1933 but I have to admit that I am now a great admirer of his work, particularly his Japanese paintings. Hornel lived at Broughton House for much of his life and it’s impossible to disagree with a description of the building as ‘a fit dwelling for what it contains, a wonderful and probably unrivalled collection of the history and literature, the folklore and romance of the storied land of Galloway’. We visited in the rain and were not able to enjoy the garden as much as we undoubtedly would have done had the sun been shining. Having said that, the view across the water from the end of the garden was a delight. All in all, a great place to visit.

2. The Cocoabean Company

Twynholm DG6 4NP, Scotland
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 611 reviews

The Cocoabean Company

Chocolate workshops for children with extensive indoor and outdoor play areas. Fully functioning Café and chocolate shop.

Reviewed By Scotchick06 - Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom

Thought it might actually about making chocolate from the road signs so we decided to visit. Not really much there other than kids play areas and a cafe. We stayed for a drink and a cake but it really wasn’t anything special. We wouldn’t go back.

3. Threave Garden

Off A75 1km (1/2 mile) west of Castle Douglas, Castle Douglas DG7 1RX, Scotland +44 1556 502575
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 396 reviews

Threave Garden

Reviewed By Bill R - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Since our last visit in April we can see some good improvements and nice to see Gardens in full bloom.Good opportunity to Purchase some home grown vegetables as well as plants. Beautiful walks around these Gardens and Gardens are so well looked after. Excellent choice to eat or drink in Cafe.

4. Kirkcudbright VisitScotland iCentre

Harbour Square, Kirkcudbright DG6 4HY, Scotland +44 1557 330494
Excellent
68%
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4.5 based on 108 reviews

Kirkcudbright VisitScotland iCentre

Kirkcudbright iCentre is located in the Harbour Square car park close to the town centre where our staff are always on hand to give friendly help and advice ensuring you make the most of your time in this lovely part of Scotland. The harbour town of Kirkcudbright is situated in the centre of Dumfries & Galloway. Known as the “Artists' Town”, there are many galleries to visit including Broughton House, Tolbooth Art Centre and the Harbour Cottage Gallery. MacLellan’s Castle proudly overlooks the many local independent shops, cafés and restaurants Kirkcudbright has to offer. Our iCentre is staffed by people who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of Kirkcudbright and beyond. We can book accommodation and trips to both Ireland and the Isles. We stock many maps and books to help you plan ahead for your stay and also sell local produce and gift items, including Harris Tweed and Heather Gems which are proudly made in Scotland.

Reviewed By Travelartgolf - Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

We were so glad we began our half day visit here - the location is very close to the main highlights to see and the river. There is a public parking lot here. If it is full, on street parking can be found, as that...MoreThank you for leaving us such a great review, I am delighted we managed to help you! Our advisors pride themselves on their excellent knowledge and love to share it. Regards Gillian

5. Cream O' Galloway

Rainton, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2DR, Scotland +44 1557 814040
Excellent
58%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 642 reviews

Cream O' Galloway

Deliciously good fun for all. Taste our range of luxury dairy ice creams and dairy-free sorbets, visit our organic farm and explore the nature trails to see beautiful scenery and wildlife. There's action and adventure with our adrenaline pumping slides, pedal karts, Go Boing - our fabulously bouncy nets, our unique woodland adventure playground and indoor play areas.You can explore the nature trails, do some wildlife spotting in our hide or take part in one of our special wildlife events. There's a designated dog walk where your canine friends can run free and walkers with dogs under control are welcome on the green or purple waymarked nature trails. There are events taking place every day we're open at Cream o' Galloway and lots of special events that run at particular times of the year, such as Meet the Lambs in Spring or Ready Steady Freeze in Summer where you get to make your own ice cream from scratch. Our most popular events are the Farm & Creamery Tour and the Ice Cream Tasting Experience which are available each day we are open. Open daily from end of March to October.

Reviewed By Mr-J-Berg - Cowdenbeath, United Kingdom

On arrival we were told that the adults could supervise without cost and that we would have to pay for the child, which was fine.
But discovered after paying that you only needed to pay if you wanted to use the zip slide, the drop slide and the go carts. Then to pay extra for crazy golf... think the pricing structure needs to be looked at and the disorganised description of paying clearly and concisely described.
The play area was good and we all had an enjoyable time.
Lunch was a disappointment. We walked in to the cafe to be told to take a seat. Which we did to discover we still had to go up to the till to order. The food was disappointing.
We had a snack box for the child which consisted of a small roll that was definitely not fresh. The adults chose a hot dog and the cheese and tomato quiche.
The hotdogs were poor containing two plain beef sausages smothered in a yellow orange coloured substance... definitely not cheese unless it was cheep fondue style stuff. The cheese and tomato quiche wasn’t any better as it lacked cheese.
The biggest disappointment was the ice cream. The woman server was not customer friendly as she was grumpy when given more than one order of ice cream at a time.
I asked for vanilla but don’t think the scoop was cleaned as I had a salted caramel style taste throughout.
Definitely won’t be back in a hurry.

6. David Coulthard Museum

Ashland, Twynholm DG6 4NP, Scotland +44 1557 860608
Excellent
61%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
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Poor
6%
Terrible
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4 based on 58 reviews

David Coulthard Museum

Reviewed By Andy and Kath M - Nuneaton, United Kingdom

With the family safely ensconced in the Chocolate Factory next door, two of us nipped off to the David Coultard Museum housed next door. It's a little overpriced for its size, however it is stuffed with DC memorabilia from his early carting days to his glory days in F1. Any visit here will not take long but for die hard F1 fans it is a great place to discover some snippets of knowledge that are not generally known about Davids career.

7. Threave Castle

Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright DG7 1TJ, Scotland +44 7711 223101
Excellent
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 270 reviews

Threave Castle

Cross the River Dee by boat to visit this enchanting castle on its own island. Once the bustling base of its creator, Archibald the Grim, it is now an ideal spot for exploring, picnicking and perhaps, painting. The island is rich with wildflowers in summer; you might also see ospreys and otters hunting in the river. The castle was besieged by King James II for two months in 1455, and fell after the king bribed the garrison to surrender.

Reviewed By sgphoto - Grand Junction, Colorado

We really enjoyed the walk out to the castle in the early morning--skies were overcast but the castle was charming and we enjoyed photographing the reflection. The dock was flooded so the boat wasn't running to take visitors over to the castle but we still got were able to enjoy the peaceful environment.

8. The Stewartry Museum

St. Mary Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4AQ, Scotland +44 1557 331643
Excellent
55%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 118 reviews

The Stewartry Museum

The Stewartry Museum was founded in 1879, and first occupied part of the Kirkcudbright Town Hall. As the collection grew, the present purpose-built museum was planned and opened in 1893. The Museum has an old-world charm and exhibits a wealth of objects relating to the area known as The Stewartry of Kirkcudbrightshire.

Reviewed By l164johnson - Scottish Borders, United Kingdom

first visit to museum thoroughly enjoyed it .exhibits are informative and varied and well displayed. will be back for a second visit.

9. MacLellan's Castle

Maclellan Castle Castle Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JD, Scotland +44 1557 331856
Excellent
25%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 91 reviews

MacLellan's Castle

Visit this impressive townhouse and discover a 16th century family home. The remains of this late 16th century house show how architecture changed from the heavily defended tower house to a new, more domestic scale. Sir Thomas MacLellan of Bombie built the castle in 1582 to function as a grand family home. Head ‘below stairs’ into the dark vaults to get a sense of the working conditions of family servants and look out for the Laird’s Lug’, a secret spy hole behind the great hall fireplace, from which the laird could eavesdrop on his guests.

Reviewed By Roberta L - Galston, United Kingdom

Close to a nice harbour, located right in the middle of the High Street in Kirkudbright. A very charming castle, right now getting repaired as you will notice scaffolding around. According to the person in charge of selling tickets, a ''real needed one''. Got to take really nice pictures of it, it's definitely worth a visit.

10. Tolbooth Art Centre

High Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JL, Scotland +44 1557 331556
Excellent
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Good
44%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 68 reviews

Tolbooth Art Centre

Reviewed By ItalianophileYarm - Yarm

Kirkudbright has long attracted artists and it's not hard to understand why beautiful tranquil and uncrowded. The Tollbooth is spread over a couple of floors with some old painting and more modern exhibits. Worth a visit.

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