Kirkcudbright is awash with history and High Kirkland Holiday Cottages is the ideal place to stay while you explore.
Two of the most notable buildings in the town are MacLellan’s Castle and the Tolbooth.
MacLellan’s Castle was built in 1582 as a grand family home on the site of a medieval convent. No draughty cottages for the MacLellans! Sir Thomas, the town’s Provost, and Lady Grissel were much more concerned with comfort than defence. Times were more settled by the time Sir Thomas built his family home. You can see the vast space they had for their family as you walk around the Jacobean tower house, which was so grand that James VI of Scotland was entertained here.
There’s still lots to investigate at the castle, now owned by Historic Environment Scotland.
The inside of the castle has been restored with a vaulted kitchen where you can imagine the conditions of the servants who worked in the dark corridors below stairs. Also worth a look is the laird’s lug, a hole in the wall where Sir Thomas eavesdropped on his guests. After all this grandeur, the descendants of Sir Thomas went from riches to rags because of bad investments and by 1742 the castle was roofless and in ruins.
The Tolbooth, a few minutes’ walk away, was built in the 1620s as council offices, sheriff courts and prison. One of its most well-known inmates was John Paul Jones who was born in nearby Kirkbean and was later known for his career with the US navy. Now, in keeping with its location in the region’s Artists’ Town, it’s an arts centre with permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as a coffee shop and gift shop.
The history of the town couldn’t be further from the modern surroundings of the Kirkcudbright Holiday Cottages at High Kirkland. From the artwork and photography by local artists to the luxurious bedding, your break will be full of comfort and relaxation. As you’d imagine, the setting at the top of the hill means that the cottages have a spectacular view of the town and the surrounding area, as well as the animals in neighbouring fields.
After a busy day investigating the history of Kirkcudbright you can return to the South West Scotland Holiday Cottages and enjoy the books, games and DVDs in each of the properties. Each of the cottages is secluded and self-contained guaranteeing a quiet break in a beautiful location.
For more information on MacLellan’s Castle visit the Historic Environment Scotland website.
For more information on The Tolbooth’s exhibitions visit the website here.
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Thanks to Dumfries & Galloway! What’s Going On? for the images.