Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town, is located in Galloway, south-west Scotland. Home to a myriad of bookshops – including the largest in Scotland. Wigtown also boasts literary festivals, shops, galleries, cafes and is home to many working artists and writers.
In the past, Wigtown was known as the town of two harbours and has a rich history. The oldest human settlement in Scotland was found in Wigtown Bay and later the site was a centre for Covenanter activity in the late 1600’s. Steeped in literary history, Wigtown and the region have featured in classic books such as McNeillie’s The Wigtown Ploughman, Buchan’s The 39 Steps and Sir Walter Scott’s Bride of Lammermoor. The region also featured on the screen including The Wickerman and Outlander. In 1998, Wigtown was officially designated as Scotland’s National Book Town and the medieval square with its sea views transformed into a book lover’s haven.
As the gateway to the Machars, Wigtown and the region is known for its beauty and often described as mini-Scotland, with highlands, native forests, pristine beaches, pastoral farmland and charming towns all rolled into one. Within this idyllic setting, you can fill your days with award-winning food, shopping, castles, ancient stone circles, world famous bird watching, Ospreys, Dark Sky Park, outdoor fun, secluded beaches, whisky and gin distilleries, a vibrant music scene and more.
Wigtown’s prime location allows you to enjoy all that the region has to offer. From St. Ninian’s Cave and the birthplace of Scottish Christian history to learning about Scotland’s artistic heritage in Kirkcudbright, celebrated as Scotland’s Artist Town. Further on is Castle Douglas, Scotland’s Food Town, and further still is Dumfries, home to JM Barrie’s Neverland and the resting place of Robert Burns.
Whether you are visiting Wigtown for the day or staying the week, there is so much to see and do that you’ll be wanting to return again and again.