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Wigtown Accommodation inc hotels, self catering holiday cottages and bed and breakfastsScotland's first book town, Wigtown has over a dozen bookshops and several websites. Take a look at the distillery at Bladnoch established in 1814 which offers a large shop and guided tours, or meander around Wigtown appreciating the high quality gift shops, small gallery, excellent plant nursery, one of four cafés including the charming establishment Reading Lasses which is the only bookshop outside London which specialises in women's literature.

Of course, the best thing about Wigtown is taking time out and browsing through its bookshops. Here is adventure, passion, knowledge, wisdom, drama and joy all within arms’ reach. Wigtown offers a unique shopping experience: first editions and collectables, rare and beautiful miniature books the size of a postage stamp, a commemorative newspaper. Book buying as it should be! And you simply must remember to buy a friend a Book Town book token and give someone the chance to discover Wigtown for themselves.

The church graveyard on the east side of Wigtown has the graves of two martyrs who were drowned in the River Bladnoch. There is a monument to commemorate them on “Windy Hill” which overlooks the town.

The Wigtown Country buildings, built in the French Gothic style in the 19th Century dominate the town square and house the most up to date public library in Dumfries & Galloway. It also houses the Interpretation Centre for Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve, where you can view by video camera the Galloway Ospreys during their nesting season (April to August), or the local wetlands for the rest of the year.

Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve is the largest local reserve in the UK. It has internationally recognised significant numbers of pink-footed geese, greylag geese, many species of duck and wading birds visiting in autumn and winter. As well as the interpretation centre, there are two bird hides for public use.

There is no Tourist Information Centre in Wigtown, but the volunteers at Machars Action are extremely helpful at distributing information on activities and accommodation in the area. The office is open Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm. Call 01988 402633 for information.

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