The summer sun and the school holidays have arrived in tandem in Kirkcudbright and Castleview House will resound to the noise of fun-loving families from now until early autumn.
Happily, the town and its surrounding district are well-prepared to keep all tastes and age-groups busy and content across these weeks.
The Kirkcudbright town’s programme of Summer Festivities, now in its 41st year, provides a colourful Scottish Night every Thursday in the Harbour Square, culminating in the spectacular Floodlit Tattoo and Firework Display on the last Saturday in August.
There will be fireworks, rockets, candles and wheels taking off from Hope-Dunbar Park directly behind Castleview House, affording our guests an almost private viewing of the show from both the house and our verandas!
Ghost Tours, Town Walks and the amazing Art and Crafts Trail features over 100 venues and exhibits, with our own Incorporated Trades in handsome red sandstone prominent amongst them.
Hardy annuals for the kids can be found at Twynholm’s Cocoa Bean Factory with its Chocolate Workshops, indoor and outdoor play areas, Chocolate Factory shop offering over 100 varieties of chocolate, plus its Cafe/Restaurant at Cream O’ Galloway with its renowned ice creams and cheeses, “Go Boing” Aerial Netting Adventure, slides and rides and pedal karts and Findlay’s Ethical Farm – all interspersed with wonderful Gallovidian walks and nature trails.
For the more rugged amongst us, Laggan Outdoors at Gatehouse of Fleet provides an 800-metre, 2-person zip-wire, mountain-boarding and downhill-balling so find your inner self and get ready to scream! Galloway Activity Centre, perched on the stunning banks of Loch Ken, caters both for serious water-sports followers and for pure fun-lovers – wobbly water-parks, stand-up paddle boarding, water-slides and the Giant 3G Swing all attest to this.
More sedately, bird-watching centred upon the region’s extraordinary world of Birds of Prey – don’t miss the daily Red Kite Feeding Fest at Laurieston on the Galloway Kite Trail – or the wetlands at Caerlaverock and the Ospreys at Threave is out-of-this-world whilst, right on your doorstep, the newly-opened multi-million pound Kirkcudbright Galleries take the town’s artistic history to another level with both visiting and permanent exhibitions: Scotland’s Early silver, Art Explorers and Stars of Scotland run through the coming weeks alongside the varied and extensive works of Kirkcudbright’s thriving artist community.
And at the end of it all, just relax on one of our two fine verandas, watching a spectacular Stewartry Sunset, catered for – if you wish – by Nick Morris from the award-winning Station House Cookery School. “Gloriana!”, as J. Rees-Mogg might have it.
Until next time!
PS: the following websites will provide more information on the attractions listed above: