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Trip Report the road less travelled - kirkcudbright, scotland

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It might be because it is years behind the rest of Scotland that makes it such a friendly place – certainly that's what a couple of locals thought on hearing our observation. Perhaps they have just got into the habit of being extra friendly to tempt people to turn left instead of carrying straight up to Glasgow and beyond. We chose to visit out of season because we are considering where to retire and they reckon its a good idea to see places with a winter coat.
Friendliness apart, Kirkudbright is worth visiting for its brightly painted houses which are in keeping with its label of “The Artists Town”. It is full of art galleries and we came away with an armful of paintings. Kirkudbright is an old fishing town on the Solway Firth and retains an active fishing fleet.
We stayed in a lovely hotel called the Selkirk Arms, after spotting the bargain on the internet – it cost £65 per couple per night with a delicious breakfast thrown in.
http://www.selkirkarmshotel.co.uk/?gclid=CO2x7_aHh7YCFVDMtAodhlwAFg
We ate there on the second night and they have a nice restaurant cooking local food. Betty the sociable receptionist came and chatted with us at the end of the night, passing on tips on where to visit.
The first night we ate at an award winning “chippy” – the fish fresh from the harbour. The chips were fresh not frozen and the peas “mushy”. They even allow you to bring your own booze with you.
http://www.polarbites.co.uk/
A short trip from Kirkcudbright are some delightful seaside villages especially Rockcliffe and Kippford. The quietness was strange – only various woodland and sea birds interrupting the silence.
Not far from Kirkcudbright is a village with a strange sounding name called Gatehouse of Fleet – there are a couple of art and craft galleries there and a Cafe selling home-baked food – and again the friendliness was lovely to experience.
http://www.millonthefleet.co.uk/
Rarely have we come across such warmth and it rubs off on the guests who are all smiles and conversation. We will be returning for a longer break and see whether it can displace our thoughts of retiring to Crosby or Anglesey or the Wirral.
More information can be found on the official site:
http://www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk/

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