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Kirkcudbrightshire was a county of south-western Scotland, but is now part of the unitary authority of Dumfries and Galloway.
The former county’s north-western region is rugged and desolate, and contains a number of mountains, peaks and hills. The southern areas are much flatter and more scenic, and whilst there are some sandy areas on the coast, most are rocky. Much of the land is poor pasture and not really suitable for growing grain.
Kirkcudbrightshire has experienced many changes in its history. It was first inhabited by a tribe of Celts called Novantae and then the Romans, although they did not appear to have a long or effective occupation of the area. In the 7th century a large area of Galloway became part of the English kingdom of Northumbria. Later the region received many incursions from the Danish and Saxons. The influence of the Norse began to fade during the 11th century.
Reasons to visit Kirkcudbrightshire
This former county does not offer the same attractions found in other areas of Scotland, but places worth a visit include Threave Castle, which was built in 1370 and is surrounded by a moat. The only way to reach it is by boat (after a little walk along a trail). There are also gardens to see, a vinery and a woodland walk.
There isn’t too much left of MacLellan’s Castle to see (located in the middle of Kirkudbright), but it still attracts visitors. The town itself is nice and there is a small marina there.
Other places worth a mention are: The Cocoa Bean Company (great for kids), The Stewartry Museum, Broughton House, the Tolbooth Art Centre and The Whitehouse Gallery.
Entertainment and Dining in Kirkcudbrightshire
Nightlife is limited (unless you include sleeping and watching TV), but there is some entertainment in the local pubs/cinemas. Dining includes takeaways, cafes, tearooms and restaurants like Carlo’s Restaurant and the Jade Palace.
Accommodation in Kirkcudbrightshire
There are a number of Guest Houses and B&Bs, and some camping areas. Hotels include The Royal Hotel in Kirkcudbright and the Best Western Selkirk Arms Hotel.