Kirkcudbright Kirkyard Tours 2016

Our Society will once again be offering guided tours of Kirkcudbright’s historic St. Cuthbert’s Kirkyard this summer – every Wednesday from July 13 to August 17 inclusive. If any member would like to join the guide team (training will be given), please speak to Mike Duguid at one of our programme meetings or email David Devereux at

Guides often work in pairs with up to 12 people attending each tour. An appreciative audience is guaranteed – there is so much to tell!

Tongland Abbey dig

A programme of small-scale trial excavations is planned at Tongland Abbey from April. The aim of the investigation is to gain a better understanding of the general layout of the Abbey, which was founded in 1218 by Alan, lord of Galloway. Although a remnant of the Abbey forms part of the north wall of the old parish church, the plan of this formerly extensive site is at present obscure. The excavations follow a geophysical survey carried out last year.

Excavation will continue throughout the year, working on average one day per week. If any members are interested in volunteering to help with this project – for a few hours or a full day – please contact David Devereux at . Previous archaeological experience is not necessary; training will be given.