Kirkcudbright is on the Solway coast in SW Scotland. The nearest major town is Dumfries, about 24 miles east of us. Kirkcudbright is just 4 miles off the main A75 Gretna to Stranraer road. When travelling west along the A75, turn left on the A711 about 3 miles AFTER passing the signs for Castle Douglas. The A711 takes you straight into Kirkkcudbright – just 4 miles.
If you stop to ask directions, remember, Kirkcudbright is pronounced Ker-coo-bree.
Most students come by car, others have used the train, buses, and some fly to one of Glasgow’s two airports and hire a car. Newcastle Airport is another option. It is sometimes possible (but not always) to arrange transport from the railway station in Dumfries – please ask when booking.
Kirkcudbright is on the tidal River Dee, and the town’s busy harbour is just three miles up river from Kirkcudbright Bay, which opens into The Solway Firth. Kirkcudbright has been known as Scotland’s Artists’ Town for well over 100 years. That’s because countless artists have been attracted here by the beauty of the town and the surrounding Galloway countryside and coastline.
The Glasgow Boys (and girls) – a famous group of artists – established themselves in Kirkcudbright in the late 1800s.
The photograph above demonstrates another reason why Kirkcudbright has always been such an attraction for artists and photographers – the wonderful quality of the light.