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Kirkcudbrightshire or 'The Stewarty' as it is still called today by its local inhabitants is a name which harks back to the late 1300's when a Steward was appointed to collect local taxes. The area is bounded by Dumfriesshire to the east, Wigtownshire to the west, Ayrshire to the north and the Solway Firth.
Kirkcudbright has long been a mecca for artists drawn to the area for the unspoilt landscapes and the quality of the light; features which still exist today and now attract a wide range of visitor looking for a more peaceful holiday experience.
However Kirkcudbrightshire also caters for the more energetic and adventurous and is home to one of the world famous 7stanes mountain bike trails at Dalbeattie, just along the Solway coast. There are also a myriad of excellent walks and the network of quiet lanes are ideal for the cyclist. Sailing is a very popular pastime and the coast is famous for its sheltered harbours and marinas at Kirkcudbright and further along the coast at Kippford.
Due to the milder climate of southern Scotland fed by the warmer winds of the Gulf Stream, Dumfries and Galloway is a mecca for visitors who flock every year to the many beautiful and exotic gardens in the area. Most famous of which are the botanical gardens of Port Logan, the extensively landscaped gardens of Castle Kennedy with terraces, mounds and avenues, Glenwhan Garden - described as " a garden for all seasons with an incredible diversity of plants" and the 64-acre ornamental garden of Threave, near Castle Douglas. There are also a myriad of private gardens which open each season for the further enjoyment of visitors to the area.
Dumfries and Galloway, in the heart of southern Scotland, has a great deal to offer to the tourist looking for a holiday to remember in Scotland.
Often overlooked by visitors to Scotland in favour of the Highlands and Islands, Dumfries and Galloway has been described as 'Scotland in miniature' and has a great deal to offer walkers, cyclists, wildlife enthusiasts or those who just want to relax on a beach.
Everywhere in Dumfries and Galloway the visitor will find a multitude of outdoor activities to thrill and entertain and quaint towns and villages that will entice you back to enjoy memorable holidays in this magical corner of Scotland.
Take some time to explore Kirkcudbright and plan your visit to Dumfries and Galloway by following the various links throughout this site where we are confident you will find something of interest, although nothing as fascinating as when you visit southern Scotland.
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