Explore Kirkcudbright – the Artists’ Town

Harbour Cottage Gallery can be visited when staying at Castleview House in Kirkcudbright

Harbour Cottage Gallery

Kirkcudbright is well renowned as The Artists’ Town. It has had an artistic community since the 1920s when many famous artists either lived here (Edward Atkinson Hornel, Jessie Marion King, Ernest Archibald Taylor and Charles Oppenheimer) or visited here regularly (Samuel John Peploe and Robert Burns).

Today, Kirkcudbright is still a thriving artists’ town with several art galleries for you to visit during your stay at Castleview House. If you’d like to take some time to visit the galleries, then we have listed some here to start you off but if you spot any that you also think we should add, please let us know:

The Tollbooth Art Centre – this award winning art centre describes the story of the Kirkcudbright ‘Art Colony’ using an audio-visual show “The Artists’ Town” and a permanent display of some of the best Kirkcudbright paintings is in their collection. The top floor is maintained as a gallery for a wide range of contemporary art and craft exhibitions. There is also a friendly coffee shop.

Whitehouse Gallery – a contemporary art and craft gallery showcasing work from a range of fine artists and craft makers from across the UK.

Harbour Cottage Gallery – it provides a gallery space for local professionals and amateur artists, as well as showcasing the work of artists from farther afield.

Kirkcudbright the Artists' Town

High Street Gallery

High Street Gallery – it exhibits Scottish contemporary art, Scottish and Kirkcudbright fine art, decorative arts & collectables and jewellery.

Kirkcudbright Galleries – in spring 2018, this new national gallery will be opening in Kirkcudbright and will celebrate the town’s unique artistic heritage through a dedicated permanent exhibition gallery. This exhibition will explore the history of the artist’s colony – why Kirkcudbright was and still is a desirable location for so many artists and creative people.

The Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail brings many visitors to the town during the summer months and the whole town comes alive with creativity and colour.

More information on what to do when visiting Kirkcudbright