It’s not often you can walk daily in ‘the footsteps’ of two of history’s most celebrated individuals. Kirkcudbright was at different times host to both Robert Burns – operating out of a Customs and Excise Office here.. and to John Paul Jones – who became the founder of the American Navy – once a naughty lad temporarily incarcerated in the Tolbooth. Each of these buildings is not far from the Selkirk Arms Hotel – reputed to be where Burns wrote the Selkirk Grace – long the toast given at celebrations held on “Burns Night”, annually, all over the world. Along with references to Burns – a tribute to Jones can be seen over the fireplace in the main lounge at the Selkirk Arms.
If either one of these swash-buckling adventurers were around today – I fancy they could be found having run #Laggan Outdoors zip wire (the U.k’s longest) like a pair of Captain Jack Sparrows’ with Burns putting words to Jones sea-shanties over a pint of local Sulwath beer. Which beer would two pirate-ical characters choose? Sulwath Brewers Galloway Gold, of course.