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Local Villages & Towns

St. John's Town of Dalry

St. Johns Town of Dalry churchSt. John’s Town of Dalry was originally known as the Clachan of Dalry or the Clachan of Galloway.  The original settlement was a stopping off point for pilgrims travelling from Edinburgh to St. Ninian’s Priory at Whithorn.  Today’s village dates back to the development of a planned village by the Earl of Galloway in the 1700s.  This was laid over the existing settlement. 

Now it serves as a stopping off point for walkers on the Southern Upland Way and visitors to the area which is a haven for bird watchers, fishing enthusiasts, those with an interest in astronomy and many others.  The area is rich in history with its many castles and other sites of historical interest.


New Galloway

New GallowayNew Galloway is an attractive rural town. A popular holiday destination, standing on the edge of the scenic Galloway Forest Park. New Galloway Golf Club is located at the top of the high street and welcomes visitors. New Galloway is home to Scotland's newest and most exciting contemporary performance and meeting space, 'The CatStrand', which offers a range of high quality events, activities and facilities, with full disabled access, to suit every taste and every visitor - all under one roof.


Castle Douglas - Food Town

Castle DouglasNestling between the Galloway hills and forests to the north and the sweeping beaches of the Solway Firth to the south, the historic market town of Castle Douglas has always been at the heart of local agricultural and commercial life. Today the town continues to flourish.

Livestock markets are still held every week, attracting discerning buyers and breeders from around the world, while the town’s unique mix of businesses attracts shoppers and visitors time and again.

For more information please visit: www.cd-foodtown.org


Kirkcudbright - Artists Town

Kirkcudbright - Artists TownEstablished as a Royal Burgh in 1455, 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.

For more information please visit: www.kirkcudbright.co.uk


Wigtown - Book Town

Wigtown - Book TownWigtown 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.

For more information please visit: www.wigtown-booktown.co.uk