What do beach huts, fish, boats and lighthouses have in common? Apart from their link to the sea, they’ve all been themes of the annual Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail. This year’s takes place from Friday 4th-Monday 7th August and Kirkcudbright will be filled with lighthouses of every shape and size, from templates painted by local school children to huge sculptures dotted around town. Look out for some yarn-bombing too!
The Art and Crafts Trail was the brainchild of Vivien Dania and Pauline & Colin Saul and 2017 will be its 14th year. With over 200 artists, makers and musicians taking part across 100 venues, there really is something to delight, intrigue and entertain visitors of all ages. And what’s more it’s all free, thanks to a hardworking committee.
It really is a celebration of the arts in every sense. As well as professional exhibitions in the town’s many galleries and the opportunity to visit artists’ studios at WASPS, there are hidden gems down lanes and alleys as budding amateurs share their passions and celebrate the town coming together.
Kirkcudbright comes alive for the whole weekend with an extra 5,000 people enjoying the town over the four days. You’ll find everything from artists exhibiting in their own homes and cafes welcoming visitors to musicians on-stage in the town centre and workshops for adults and children alike. Why not try something new at one of the ‘have a go’ sessions, such as painting, puppetry or embroidery?
It’s just a 5 minute drive from High Kirkland to Harbour Square where you can pick up a trail guide and hop on the free bus that will take you around the many attractions. Or you can take a more leisurely walk and take in the open gardens, sculptures, photography, textiles and more on display in every nook and cranny of Dumfries and Galloway’s Artists’ Town. You’ll need more than one day to see everything and plenty of rest and relaxation back at your holiday cottage.
It’s no wonder the trail has won national awards, including an Epic Award in 2015 in honour of the opportunities it offers for people to get involved and a Thistle Award from Visit Scotland for the Best Visitor Attraction in Glasgow and the South West later the same year. Part of Kirkcudbright’s Summer Festivities programme, the Arts and Crafts Trail celebrates the best of the town’s people and places.
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Thanks to Dumfries & Galloway! What’s Going On? for providing the images.