A town with beautiful buildings, art galleries, a castle, museums, fascinating little shops, an amazing garden and creativity everywhere you look, Kirkcudbright (pronounced kerr-koo-bree) is very deserving of its title of The Artists Town. Whats not to love?
After starting with tea and a scone, we started our wanderings at the Harbour Cottage Gallery. Leaning on the traditional side of art, the exhibition was a total mix of styles, subjects and media. There really was something for everyone and the view from the upper gallery was picture postcard perfect.
Many of the houses along High Street would fit right in on those pretty mews houses in Mayfair that everyone loves to Instagram, with its pastel facades, Georgian windows and intriguing alleyways.
Around the corner is the Tolbooth Art Gallery, a much more community focused gallery run by the council. With a cosy gift shop and cafe on the ground floor, the upper floors provide exhibition space and an film about the history of art in the town.
After a pit stop for lunch, we walked back to Broughton House, a National Trust for Scotland property. The house itself is lovely to wander around, especially the artist studio complete Pizza Dough Recipe Easy with unfinished canvas and the smell of oil paint. But it is the garden that I really loved. So much is crammed into a relatively small garden, with lush greenery, a gorgeous glasshouse and even a resident cat! Both the house and gardens are pretty tricky if you have limited mobility or have a pushchair, but there is a side entrance on the flat and the staff are very accomodating.
Art is everywhere, from the colourful beach huts to wicker sculpture and even the town flags are bright. As much as I love Scotland, I will be the first to admit that it can be a little, well, grey. The weather can be dull and rainy and the buildings are often made from local granite, meaning colour can be something of a rarity. Not in Kirkcudbright! It is such a cheerful little town and I would heartily recommend a visit.
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