Visit Creetown and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Creetown, Dumfries and Galloway. This charming village nestles beside the Cree estuary, below the raised-beach cliff and the hills; its position is explained by its older name, Ferrytown of Cree.
Its name was changed at the instance of the local laird, McCulloch of Barholm. It became a burgh of barony in 1792, and at that time it was mainly a seaport with cottage industries, including a mill where the first patent lead shot was made. Early in the 19th century granite quarries opened, the stone being used for the Mersey Docks and part of the Thames Embankment; much of it was shipped from nearby Cars Luith.
Barholm Castle, a particularly charming small tower-castle above the main road near Kirkdale, for a short while sheltered John Knox. The larger Carsluith Castle stands beside the road 2 miles nearer Creetown; it was a seat of the Brouns.
Turning inland from the main road at Kirk-dale Bridge, you go up the delightful wooded glen of the Kirkdale Burn to the two great Neolithic courtyard-cairns at Cairnholy. The better-preserved, Cairnholy 1 (“King Galdus's Tomb”), lies beside the road and is 170 ft by 50 ft; the other, a couple of hundred yards farther on, is 70 ft by 40 ft. Both — the survivors of a whole group in the adjoining field — were excavated in 1949.
Nearby towns: Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbright, Newton Stewart, Wigtown
Nearby villages: Barraer, Bladnoch, Borgue, Carsluith, Challoch, Eldrig, Garlieston, Girthon, Kirkcowan, Kirkinner, Minnigaff, Mochrum, Palnure, Port William, Sorbie, Talnotry, Whauphill
Have you decided to visit Creetown or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Creetown bed and breakfast (a Creetown B&B or Creetown b and b)
- a Creetown guesthouse
- a Creetown hotel (or motel)
- a Creetown self-catering establishment, or
- other Creetown accommodation