The Local Area

Kirkcudbright (pronounced Ker-coo-bree) is a small fishing port which sits on the estuary of the River Dee on the southern coast of Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland. It is a quiet town set amid gentle, rolling countryside. Its south-facing location, looking across the Solway Firth towards the Isle of Man, and the influence of the Gulf Stream mean that Kirkcudbright enjoys a particularly mild climate – something reflected in the rich pastures, the wooded valleys as well as the remarkable number of gardens and nurseries in the area.

Kirkcudbright is exactly a mile – about twenty minutes’ walk along the banks of the River Dee – from Glenholme Country House. It is only a small town, with a population of less than 4,000, but it is the centre for a remarkable number of attractions and activities. It is also a thriving community with old-fashioned butcher’s shops, 2 bakeries, an excellent fish shop (which is also a fish and chip shop in the evening), pubs, coffee shops, an interesting antique shop, a bookshop and a traditional post office.

The nearest beach, The Dhoon, is less than ten minutes’ drive from Glenholme Country House and the Rookery, and there are many others along the coast. Brighouse Bay, Ross Bay, Carrick, Sandhill and Cardoness are among the best known, but there are many other coves and bays to be discovered. This is one of the few areas where of Britain where, with a bit of luck, you can have a whole beach to yourself.

For those with an interest in history, there is a fine selection of ruined castles and abbeys, and a remarkable Iron Age construction at Cairn Holy. Many people come to visit local gardens – Broughton House, Threave, Cally Gardens, Dunskey and Port Logan are just some of the best-known. Whether you are serious walker or just fancy a gentle stroll, there are lots of interesting walks in the local area, along the coast, through woods, or over moorland. One of the easiest and most pleasant – a wander along the banks of the River Dee up to reed beds at Cumstoun Bridge – starts just outside the gate of Glenholme Country House.