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". Other well known features of the town are the pastel coloured houses and wide streets, the wide selection of mainly family owned shops where almost everything can be found, and the free parking all over town.
Kirkcudbright is a town full of colourful buildings and friendly people. On visiting the small boutique local shops, walking around the harbour and eating award winning fish and chips it becomes obvious why people come back year on year.