Things to do in Kirkcudbright, Scotland: a guide to the artists’ town

Things to do in Kirkcudbright, Scotland: a guide | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here’s my travel guide on things to do in Kirkcudbright, a quaint seaside town in the Dumfries & Galloway area of South-West Scotland – covering not only things to do, but also where to eat and drink (the best restaurants, cafés and pubs), stuff to see, where to stay (the best accommodation I’ve found!) and the best days out.

This guide has been hard for me to write because Kirkcudbright is (along with Kirkby Lonsdale) my favourite and most important childhood holiday destination. Even now I’m in my 30s and don’t go as often, I still feel like I know it really well, and that just increases the pressure to do it justice on the old bloggery.

Hopefully, this post gives you a little insight into why Kirkcudbright is so good and some useful tips if you’re planning a trip there. Most people just zoom past Kirkcudbright on the motorway and miss out, but it’s an absolute hidden gem. It’s got Ballamory-style pastel coloured houses, fresh seafood to eat, all the local art you could ever want, and an actual castle.

I’ll try not to type 64721 words and bore you all to death… maybe. On to the things to do in Kirkcudbright…

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15 things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria

15 things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria | PACK THE SUITCASES

Here’s our selection of a few lovely things to do in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Sofia is one of Europe’s oldest cities, with sweeping boulevards, cobbled streets, and a surprising amount of Roman ruins. Gritty, concrete Soviet architecture sits side-by-side with ornate golden cathedrals. It’s got a wonderfully laid-back atmosphere, with lots of quirks to it. When communicating with locals, nodding your head means ‘no’ and shaking it means ‘yes’ – this is something that’s always stuck in my mind. There are plenty of trendy places to eat and drink (rakia: see point 6). It is truly underrated for some reason, but is a brilliant first experience of Eastern Europe. 

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One day in Gozo, Malta – things to do

One day in Gozo, Malta - things to do | PACK THE SUITCASES

On our trip to Malta, we spent one day in Gozo, Malta’s smaller and quieter neighbour to the north. It’s much more rural and green than Malta and has some beautiful scenery. We had hideous weather on our day there, which didn’t help, but we made the most of it.

Here are a few things to do in Gozo, including craft beer and the Citadel…

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Day trip to two sandy beaches in Malta: Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha

Day trip to two sandy beaches in Malta: Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieha | PACK THE SUITCASES

We decided to explore the coastline with a day trip to two sandy beaches in Malta: Golden Bay and Ghaj Tuffieha. For some reason, there’s a myth that Malta only has rocky beaches. It does, but it has a fair few sandy ones too. We’re not fussy about what terrain beaches are – we don’t sunbathe or swim. But it’s always good to see a bit of variation. This area has a lovely walk/hike you can do and we were frustrated with how busy Valletta was, so it was ideal to get off the beaten track. And after a chilly few days in Valletta and Mdina, we got lucky with the weather this day: an added bonus that made for some pretty photographs… if I do say so myself.

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10 best travel planning tips

10 travel planning tips | PACK THE SUITCASES

After six years of practice, we think we’ve just about nailed this planning a holiday malarkey. Sitting down with our laptop and a few guidebooks to get planning is almost as exciting as the trip itself. So here are our top 10 travel planning tips to save time and money and to avoid stress (and getting hungry-angry…).

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