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.
As I walk through Kirkcudbright I take the opportunity to see an art exhibition by the Airdrie Boys at the Town Hall. They were John Cunningham and Dan Ferguson, two life long friends who were educated at Airdrie Academy and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. I really enjoyed this break from my walk and loved their work.
I leave Kirkcudbright by the Dee Bridge and follow the road down the other side of the estuary. As I walk past Goat Well Bay, I come across a plaque that tells of a schooner called the Monreith that went down here whilst trying to take shelter. Some timbers of the boat can be seen at low tide.
I head onto Ross Bay and whilst walking round the bay I notice a touring caravan had set up for a bit of wild camping or caravanning. I continue up onto the Meikle Ross peninsular where I have a splendid view of the Lighthouse and Little Ross Island. As I go round the peninsular I get some good views of the Isle of Man.
I walk down off the peninsular to Brighouse Bay with its sand and shingle beach. There are a few people around, mostly dog walkers. I make my way across the beach to the car park where I finish for today.
I stop at a bunkhouse called the Hayloft at Castle Greavie which is just over 4 miles from Kirkcudbright. This is a working farm run by Charlie and Elaine and the bunkhouse is a comfortable well equipped restored barn. I found the place very relaxing and the hosts very helpful and friendly.