Why not explore our wonderful area in the company of some of its most famous authors and the characters they created.
Richard Hannay, the hero of John Buchan’s famous tale The Thirty-nine Steps, criss-crosses our landscape while trying to evade both deadly anarchists and the local police.
With Dorothy L Sayers, famous writer of detective fiction, you can join her detective Lord Peter Wimsey as he tries to unravel the murder of one of the Kirkcudbright artists’ colony’s members.  The artists in the story often bear similarities to the real artists, and Sayers was very specific about locations and routes so the book’s twists and turns are easy to follow on the ground.  It is also a great introduction to the story of the real artists’ colony.
With another of Galloway’s famous sons, S R Crockett, you can explore the smuggling for which this coast was renowned, the cattle rustling by the hill folks, medieval Galloway, and the killing times of the Covenanters in Galloway.  Our selection of guides present a range of walks and tours by foot, cycle or car, and we have tried to provide a selection of supporting information to help you make the most of the literary history of the area.

Sir Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) is regarded as the inventor of the historical novel, he almost single handedly invented Scottish tourism and popularised a romantic and very tartan Scotland.

Samuel Rutherford Crockett

Samuel Rutherford Crockett (1859 – 1914) was born at Little Duchrie in the parish of Balmaghie.  He was a successful and prolific writer and more than thirty of his seventy published works are set in Galloway where he grew up.

John Buchan

The Thirty-nine Steps is a famous and popular work by Scottish author John Buchan.  A key section of the novel involves his hero evading capture by both police and villains acrosss the wild landscape of Dumfries and Galloway.

Dorothy L Sayers

Dorothy L Sayers (1893-1957) was an English writer known for her series of detective novels featuring amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. Her novel ‘Five Red Herrings’, is a mystery set amongst the artists’ colony of Kirkcudbright and in the surrounding landscape of Galloway.