Popular kirkyard tours to return next week for third year

Over the next six weeks, Kirkcudbright History Society has once again arranged a series of weekly guided walks around Kirkcudbright’s historic kirkyard following the popularity of the walks over the last two years.

Although a little off the beaten track for many visitors, the setting and history of Kirkcudbright Kirkyard makes it well worth seeking out. It is particularly significant as the site of the original kirk of St Cuthbert, possibly built around 850 AD, which gave the present town of Kirkcudbright its name.

There is much of historical interest besides this, not least the variety of gravestones and the individuals commemorated on them. Of particular note is the headstone of Billy Marshall – the ‘Gypsy King’ – which records that he lived to the age of 120. It is also said that he was legally married 17 times!

The walks are free and open to all. Guides from Kirkcudbright History Society will lead the walks every Wednesday from the 15 July to 19 August. Times vary with 7pm starts on the 15 and 29 July, 12 August, and 2.30pm starts on 22 July, 5 and 19 August. Meet at the kirkyard’s main gate.