Walking around Kirkcudbright. 

Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.

Suggested routes for walkers.

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Descriptions assume walkers start at the Tourist Office Kirkcudbright; but walks may be joined and/or left at any point.

Town Walks 

Kirkcudbright Harbour Cottages.  Left click to enlarge.

Old Town Walk. $

up to 1 mile

on footpaths

Castledykes. $

up to 1½miles

on footpaths

The suggestions are for a variety of walks starting from Kirkcudbright.  Those marked $ are circular routes; but shortened walks can be made on an "out & back" basis.  Around Kirkcudbright there are many  footpaths and minor roads which can be combined to provide interesting walks of varying lengths. See below for Hill & Coastal Walks.

Country Walks

For detail of routes, refer to :-

Ordnance Survey: Explorer 312, 1:25000 map.

Kirkcudbright Bay from Sandside.  Left click to enlarge

Barhill Wood.

up to 3  miles


Dee Walk.

up to 4½  miles

mainly off-road

Lifeboat Station.

5 to 8 miles

mainly off-road

The Buckland. $

5 to 8 miles

mainly on road

The Beeches. $

6 miles

mainly on road

Longer walks may be taken along some of the suggested cycle routes.  To walk in safety use roadside footpaths, if provided.  Most roads are lightly trafficked, but can be busy at times.

Hill Walks. The closest hill walk is Screel Hill (343 m), 12 miles along the A711, beyond Auchencairn.

A fine mountain walk is Cairnsmore of Fleet (711m), some 23 miles distant, towards Newton Stewart.

Coastal Walk. Balcary Heughs approached from Balcary, 2 miles from  Auchencairn is interesting walk.

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"Few towns enjoy the advantage of such agreeable walks as are to be found in the environs of Kirkcudbright.  Along the seashore, by the banks of the Dee, and in the woods on the slopes above the town, there is an endless variety of pleasant paths". - from "Rambles in Galloway, by M. McL. Harper. 1876".

More information about the history of Kirkcudbright and the surrounding area can be obtained from the Stewartry Museum, tel. 01557 331643; and found on www.old-kirkcudbright.net - an internet browse through the history, topography and genealogy of the ancient Parish and Burgh of Kirkcudbright.

For information on walks in the Region, visit the Activities walking page of  Dumfries & Galloway Visitor Guide.

Interested in cycling?  Click on "Cycling around Kirkcudbright".