Kirkbean and Carsethorn are small
villages situated 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
See also a large Click On Map for the
area Top Attractions.
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
situated 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 situated one mile east of
Kirkbean next to the sea at Carse Bay. This is
another very small village with a beach popular
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 link at the top of this page.
Kirkbean and Carsethorn History
800s - Viking raiders reached this area and
are 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 and was 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 and is
buried at Kirkbean Church.
1776 - the present Kirkbean Church is
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