Creetown, originally Ferrytown of Cree, is a small town of about 750 people in Dumfries and Galloway (South West Scotland), on the north side of the Solway Firth. As the name indicates, it was once a fishing village and at one end of a ferry across the River Cree estuary to the former county town of Wigtown. Internationally, it is best known for its Country Music Festival and for being at the centre of filming for that unusual film The Wicker Man. However, the town is also in a central position for visitors to Galloway, Scotland's equivalent of Devon and Cornwall. Creetown is halfway between Dumfries and Stranraer, but is set back from the A75 trunk route, preserving its calm. Visitors staying in Creetown have excellent access by road to the many local attractions, as well as excellent views across the Solway and the Cree.
- Visiting Creetown :
Directions and maps for visiting Creetown will help you to reach us.
- Country Music Festival :
The Country Music Festival is a well-established international attraction that was started in 1997 and has been going from strength to strength ever since. The concerts, line dances and other activities in 2000 will last from 14th to 16th September.
- Creetown Business Index :
This Index of Businesses and Services covers the whole area around Creetown, as far as Minnigaff to the west and Gatehouse-of-Fleet to the east. Entries can be searched alphabetically by name or by their category. Businesses providing accommodation and food have their own listings.
- Where To Stay :
A wide range of accommodation is available, from caravan sites and bed and breakfast up to 4-star hotels.
- Where To Eat
Creetown offers good meals at local hotels and is within easy driving-reach of some of the best restaurants in the region.
- History :
Creetown has grown around a ferry point and a coastal route, so its history is affected by both of these. From about 1800 the town grew around its granite industry, although this has receded and tourism is now more important.
- Quarries & Lead Mines :
Kirkmabreck Quarry is and always was the largest of a series of quarries around Creetown. The town also had a fairly successful lead, zinc and copper mining industry, remains of which can be found in the local countryside.
- Attractions :
Galloway has several hundred attractions within it. The attractions listing given here covers the whole of Galloway west of Dumfries and north to Ayr. There are links to websites of attractions and some contact details.
- Events :
Besides the Country Music Festival, there are other events held in the year within Creetown and area.
- Exhibition Centre :
This attraction was recently established by the people of Creetown to provide information on the history and attractions of the town. Amongst its other attractions are art and sculpture displays.
- The Wicker Man :
This unusual film made use of the variety of country in Galloway to portray the fictional 'Summerisle'. The bar of the Ellangowan Hotel in Creetown was used for some of the most famous internal sequences.
- Amenities of Creetown :
Besides businesses, Creetown has local services and organisations, adding to its remarkable community spirit.
The Galloway Hills and the Solway Coast, are a favoured area for artists and novelists. Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, and the great poet Robert Burns, all knew this tranquil and now-forested area. Birdwatchers and walkers all find something to enjoy; there is a list of local Nature Reserves at There is a complete list of local Golf Courses in Dumfries & Galloway Golf Links .
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All text and images © 1999 Richard Edkins of Dalbeattie Internet.
Creetown, Scotland Website started 11th April 2000.
Last updated 24th July 2000.