Broughton House & Garden
12 High Street
Right in the heart of Kirkcudbright, a pretty artists’ colony on the Solway Firth, this 18th-century Georgian house is the former home of Scottish painter E A Hornel, one of the Glasgow Boys.
Painstakingly preserved and recreated, it’s a living museum of Hornel’s life and work, packed to the rafters with his paintings and those of his contemporaries, as well as his vast library, which includes one of the world’s biggest collections of works by Robert Burns.
Nestled behind the house, backing on to the River Dee, is Hornel’s beautiful garden. Greatly influenced by his love of Japan, it’s a curious and colourful mixture of Eastern and Western horticulture and sculpture that is a delight to explore.
Bus services run to and from Dumfries and other parts of the county, connecting with trains at Dumfries, Lockerbie or Stranraer. By car from the A75, follow signs for Kirkcudbright. Free parking is available on street or in the large Harbour Car Park in the centre of town. Broughton House is a 200m walk from the Harbour. There are bicycle racks by the Harbour, and Broughton House offers cyclists off-street bicycle parking within the frontage of the property. Access for visitors with impaired mobility is via the entrance in Castledykes Lane at the side of the property.