Hello to all our visitors past and present. We are sorry to tell you that we are closing down our self catering business at Arnot's Cottage. This is because sadly the house is being sold due to our increasing family commitments in other parts of the country.
Thank you to everyone who has given us their custom and we hope that you will continue to enjoy visiting Kirkcudbright and the surrounding area.
With all best wishes
David and Pauline Goodsell
Lots of exciting and interesting activities will be in store for visitors in 2014!
The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park is the only designated dark sky park in the UK. There are super opportunities to star gaze in designated places - see the website: www.forestry.gov/darkskygalloway
But our two top tips are firstly try to plan your visit when its not a full moon - and secondly good viewing can be found locally - not far out of the town!
We hope that the ospreys will have another good year and it is always worth a visit during the summer to see if the chicks are visible from the viewing platform just past the jetty for Threave Castle. Sightings of otters have been reported from the area of the river by the Castle.
An annual 'Summer Art Exhibition' is held in the Town Hall in July and August. Each year there is a different theme with the exhibitions reflecting the artistic heritage and connections of the town. There are usually several pictures of international importance on display and often works are loaned from private collections that will not be seen in other exibitions.
A great attraction for family visitors is 'The Cocoa Bean Company' Chocolate Factory on the outskirts of Twynholm with all sorts of chocolate related activities. We've now been ourselves - with grandchildren! - and it is very chocolatey... Children can make three items, you can watch them through the wide windows - its a bit like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children really enjoyed the activities and the indoor and outdoor play areas too.
In late September the annual Wigtown Literary Festival will be held. They usually have a great range of talks, activities etc. Not to be missed if you enjoy books!
Our house is close to the centre of this small, friendly and busy town. Arnot's Cottage is to be found in a quiet one way street. The enclosed garden faces south and is ideal for enjoying the sunshine for which Kirkcudbright has a good record! More details of the cottage can be found on the next page.
Kirkcudbright is known as the "Artists' Town" because over the years so many well-known Scottish artists have lived and worked here. The vibrant artistic tradition continues strongly with working artists, exhibitions and galleries prospering in the town. In addition to the artistic heritage which encourages visitors to the town, dairying and fishing are the main sources of employment.
The town is situated on the estuary of the River Dee about 6 miles south of the A75. Due to this position away from the major east-west route the town retains a slightly old fashioned atmosphere and in many ways is largely self sufficient. A good number of restaurants, cafes, take-aways and pubs cater for all tastes and budgets. There is also a range of smaller shops and two medium sized supermarkets. Regular buses link the town with Castle Douglas and Dumfries to the east and Gatehouse of Fleet and Newton Stewart to the west.