Broughton House & GardenWritten by Catriona Stevenson
The 18th-century Broughton House was home and studio to the artist E A Hornel (one of the 'Glasgow Boys') from 1901 until his death in 1933. He twice lived in Japan and this influenced many of his paintings, some of which are still on display today. The fascinating garden shows the influences of Hornel's time in Japan and is always full of colour.
Cross the threshold of Broughton House and enter the world of well-known Scottish artist E A Hornel, one of the 'Glasgow Boys'. You can admire his paintings and those of his fellow artists throughout the house and gallery.
Some of his extensive collection of books are on display in the library, including works by Burns and many books on local history. From the studio follow your gaze out into the enchanting garden, where you too may find inspiration in the light falling across the Dee.
Established 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.
The area offers a wide range of activities which visitors have come to expect in the 21st century. These range from information to help you research your family tree to quiet country roads for walking or cycling. Golf and fishing are both on our doorstep. For the more energetic there is horseriding and hillwalking. Our marina is very popular with visiting sailors, offering one of the safest anchorages on the North Solway coast.
Throughout the year a variety of entertainment is provided by Kirkcudbright summer festivities. This ranges from Scottish nights to classic car rallies, from historic walks to a medieval fayre. There is also an annual jazz festival and a spectacular tattoo is held every August.
The house is a National Trust for Scotland Property. For more information including admission and opening hours please see the website.