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Creetown

Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway

Creetown

Creetown is a small coastal village situated some 6 miles to the east of Newton Stewart, a busy rural market town.

Originally called Ferrytown of Cree, named after the ferries which took pilgrims over the Cree estuary to Wigtown to continue on their journey to St Ninians shrine at Whithorn.In the 19th century the development of the Kirkmabreck quarries produced high quality granite stone which was transported by sea to be used in building London Bridge, and the docks at Liverpool, Leith, Greenock and Swansea. At its height in the 1830s the Creetown quarry employed 450 men and the village of Creetown prospered. The quarrymen formed a Silver Band in 1880 and the tradition of the Creetown Town Band continues today.

The history of Creetown is still present in the bright granite of the buildings, and as well as the usual amenities with a local shop, Garage, The Ellangowan Hotel, scene of the Green Man Hotel in the Wicker Man Cult film of the 1970s, primary school, tennis courts, and Churches. Creetown is also home of the Gem Rock Museum, a unique independent Museum of gemstones, rocks, minerals and fossils and a local Museum and Heritage Centre.

Peaceful and popular, Creetown has been designated a "Conservation Village" with much work being done to preserve the historic granite buildings.

Creetown enjoys magnificent views over the Cree estuary, and dotted along the scenic drive are several smokehouses where locally smoked salmon and other seafood delicacies can be bought.

View of the Cree estuary from Creetown

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