Johnston School

The Johnston School project aims to renovate one of the beloved buildings in Kirkcudbright and bring it alive again with activity. The building itself was a 19th century primary school that was in use until 2010 where it was closed and its pupils relocated. It has since been derelict for almost 10 years and had fallen into disrepair.

Kirkcudbright Development Trust has manage to secure all the money needed to bring Johnston School back to life, with a total of over £2.6 million raised. We are very grateful to all our funders especially those that have held with us over this long process. Building work had begun in late 2019 and is expected to finish mid 2020, however due to the Covid-19 outbreak building work was delayed. The new expected date for building to be finished is late 2020, and we hope to have a grand opening early to mid 2021, however we will release more information about the opening closer to the time.

Once building work is complete the building is expected to house the Dark Skies Visitor Centre (Below in Dark Blue), a nursery (in Green), a storage facility for Kirkcudbright Festivities (in Orange), the Kirkcudbright Development Trust offices (in Purple), a gin distillery, a pottery, the Kirkcudbright Youth Group, and a community conference room (all in Cyan).

Below is an archive of news relating to the Johnston School Project.

Holywood Trust: £140,000 grant

Galloway Glens Project: £59,000 grant

Big Lottery Fund Award: £850,000 grant

Dark Skies Visitor Centre

Johnston School project receives lottery funding

Johnston School Decision