Kirkcudbright sits on the River Dee with a busy fishing harbour and farming industry. It is also known as an artists town with galleries and a museum and an artistic community. It also has a the MacLellan Castle which was built on the site of Greyfriars monastery. Today it is maintained by Historic Scotland.
I first start off by walking around St Mary’s Isle, a wooded peninsular just to the south of Kirkcudbright. You get wonderful glimpses of the estuary through the trees.
Today I am walking from the small village of Auchencairn with it’s village store, garage, church and pub to the town of Kirkcudbright. Auchencairn in the past has had a history of smuggling in the bay, probably why the pub is called the Smugglers Inn.
I take the road leading from the War Memorial towards Balcary Bay. I pass the lovely Balcary Bay Hotel where there are some stories that smugglers used some caves that were behind the hotel.
Today I take a lovely walk which takes me across cliff tops over smugglers caves and past pretty coastal villages.
Leaving Sandyhills, I walk through a caravan park and follow the cliff tops over the Smugglers cave towards Port O’Warren. The beach here was known to smugglers.
Gutcher’s Isle is interesting, a secret sandy cove accessed from the sea by a very narrow inlet between the rocks.
Dumfries is the county town of Dumfries and Galloway and was named as Queen of the South by a local poet called David Dunbar.
The famous Scottish poet Robbie burns spent the last few years of his life in Dumfries and there is a statue of him in the Main Street. He had spent most of the money he had made from his poetry, so he came to Dumfries to work as an Excise Officer. The house wher he lived is now a museum.