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  • Attractions in the Newton Stewart area of Dumfries and Galloway

Historical & Cultural Attractions in Dumfries & Galloway

History & Culture

Only a short drive from Kirroughtree is the large town of Dumfries with its many attractions, among them the home of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns. Burns was a good friend of the Heron family and paid several visits to Kirroughtree. The beautiful staircase at Kirroughtree House is where Burns is known to have sat and recited his poems.


Find out more about the Dumfries area and Scotland through its museums.  Visit Robert Burns House, and extremely interesting museum celebrating Scotland’s national poet with many of his personal artifacts on display.

Just seven miles from Kirroughtree are the sparkling exhibits of the Creetown Gem Rock Museum, the leading independent museum of its kind in the UK.

Historical Locations

South-west Scotland has a wealth of historical attractions. Discover the turbulent history of this border area through visits to medieval Caerlaverock Castle, with its broad moat and unusual triangular formation, and 17th century Drumlanrig Castle, the ancient Douglas stronghold. The warm Gulf Stream creates perfect conditions for gardens like those at Castle Kennedy to flourish.

Food, Art & Books

Of all the towns in Dumfries & Galloway, Newton Stewart is perfectly placed to visit towns with fabulous reputations in food, art and books.

Castle Douglas Food Town

Castle Douglas is a busy and bustling market town not far from Newton Stewart. With approximately fifty local businesses involved in either producing or selling food and drink, it is easy to see why Castle Douglas has been designated a Food Town. The vibrancy and appeal of the town lies largely in the draw of the shops, cafés and restaurants.

Kirkcudbright Art Town

Kirkcudbright enjoys a sheltered position in the estuary of the River Dee on the north Solway shore.

Kirkcudbright has always been supported by a busy fishing trade. Behind the harbour the streets have housed generations of creative artists, a tradition maintained today by a flourishing colony of painters and craftworkers. This has led to it being called "The Artists' Town".

Other well known features of the town are the pastel coloured houses and wide streets, the wide selection of mainly family owned shops where almost everything can be got, and the free parking all over town.

Throughout the year a variety of entertainment is provided by Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities. This ranges from Scottish nights to classic car rallies, from historic walks to a medieval fayre. There is also an Annual Jazz Festival and a spectacular Tattoo is held every August. And we hold a Summer Art Exhibition in the town hall every July and August.

Wigtown Book Town

Wigtown was officially designated as Scotland's National Book Town in 1998 and is now home to over 20 book-related businesses. A book lovers haven – and with over quarter of a million books to choose from, old and new … it is impossible to escape empty-handed.

With easy access and easy parking in the town’s wide streets and market square, shopping is a pleasure in Wigtown. It’s an easy stroll round bookshops, gift shops, cafes and inns.

There’s lots to do in Wigtown but the main event of the year is the Wigtown Book Festival during September / October  Enjoy 10 days of author events, theatre, film, music and children’s activities.

Wigtown, Scotland’s National Booktown

Family Attractions