Kirkbean and Carsethorn are small Villages
12 miles south of Dumfries on the A710 road.
The area is popular for Bar Meals, Shore
Fishing, Hike to the 1,867ft Criffel Hill, and
John Paul Jones Cottage Museum
in a Country Estate 2 miles south.
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for area Attractions
Camping & Touring Parks in
The image top is of the Drumburn Viewpoint 2
miles north of Kirkbean. This is s scenic area
with views across Galloway and Cumbria.
Kirkbean is a very small Village with the
main A710 road passing through as seen second
is the main attraction in the Village, with the
grave of John Paul Jones father in the front
right section of the Cemetery.
The John Paul Jones Cottage Museum is 2
miles south in the Arbigland Country Estate.
Jones became famous in America during the
American War of Independence, claimed to be the
founder of the United States Navy.
Carsethorn is one mile east of Kirkbean next
to the Sea at Carse Bay. This is another very
small Village with a Beach popular for
Some people use the area for Boating, but
you have to be careful of the strong
The Steamboat Inn has views over the bay. It
is a popular spot for drinks, coffle, tea, and
meals. The interior of the Inn has probably not
changed much over the past 100 years, very
You can view large images of the inn from
the Images Link at the top of this page.
Kirkbean and Carsethorn History
800s - Viking raiders reached this area,
said to have built a Settlement here, a time
when Scotland was split into a number of
1100s - all regions of Scotland merged under
the Canmore Kings.
1500s - Carsethorn was being used for large
Ships to offload their cargo so it could be
transferred up to Dumfries in smaller
1700s late and early 1800s - about 21
thousand Emigrants departed from Carsethorn to
America, Canada, Australia, and New
1720 - John Campbell
was born at Kirkbean. He became a Vice-Admiral
in the Royal Navy, later Governor of
Newfoundland from 1782 to 1790.
1747 - John Paul Jones is born in a small
Cottage in Arbigland Estate. His Father worked
as a Gardener on the Estate.
1755 - the present Arbigland House was
completed for William Craik in Arbigland
Estate, 2 miles south of the Villages.
Craik increased Agriculture on the
The Village of Kirkbean grew mainly to house
Workers on the Estate, with many of the
Cottages seen today built around that time.
1767 - John Paul Jones senior dies with his
burial being at the Old Kirkbean Church.
1776 - the present Kirkbean Church is
completed on the site of the earlier
1840 - a large Pier was built for a Steam
Ferry service between Carsethorn and
1850 - the Railway reached Dumfries, leading
to a decline in Shipping from Carsethorn.
1900 - there was little Shipping Trade left
1993 - the John Paul Jones Cottage Museum is
2010 - Kirkbean Church is converted to a