Scotland’s National Bard - Robert Burns

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Sunset at the Ring of Brodgar, Orkney
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Learn more about Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns, his intriguing but short life and world-famous works, and uncover connections to Burns across Scotland.

Visit some of the places that inspired him and explore some of his former homes and you can even enjoy a dram in his favourite pub. Spend an afternoon at one of the fascinating museums about Burns’ life and discover enchanting items such as first editions of his work and one of his writing sets.

Celebrate Burns Night on 25 January with hints and tips for creating a memorable Burns Supper and find out more about the fantastic annual Burns an’ a’ that! Festival held in Ayrshire, Burns’ birthplace.

  • A sculpture of a mouse in the garden of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway
    A sculpture in the garden of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway
  • A group linking arms to sign Auld Lang Syne
    Singing Auld Lang Syne
  • A piper in full Highland dress pipes in the haggis during a Burns' Night celebration at Stirling Castle
    A Burns Night celebration at Stirling Castle
  • Burns Cottage at Alloway, birthplace of Robert Burns
    Burns Cottage at Alloway, birthplace of Robert Burns
Telling the tale of Tam O' Shanter beside the Brig O' Doon at the Burns Storytelling Festival, Alloway

The works of Robert Burns

Robert Burns composed some of the world's best loved poetry and songs including Auld Lang Syne and A Red, Red Rose.

A man addresses the haggis during a dinner in the ballroom of Hopetoun House near Edinburgh

Burns Night

Burns Night commemorates the life and works of Scotland's greatest work with a supper of haggis, whisky and poetry recitations.

A portrait of Robert Burns and exhibits at the Robert Burns House Museum in Dumfries

Who was Robert Burns?

Learn about the inspiring life of Robert Burns and how his passion for Scotland and social justice informed his timeless works.

A sculpture of a mouse in the garden of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Alloway

Robert Burns attractions

Immerse yourself in the world of Robert Burns by stepping inside his former homes and favourite drinking hole - the Globe Inn, and see a desk where he composed his most famous works at the Writers' Museum in Edinburgh.

A street performer entertaining children at the Mauchline Holy Fair, part of the burns' an' a' that! Festival, Ayrshire

Robert Burns festival

The Burns an’ a’ that! Festival celebrates the life and timeless works of Scotland's National Bard, Robert Burns. Hear recitations of his most famous songs and poems in his birthplace of Ayr and hear fantastic live music by top contemporary acts.

A piper in full Highland Regalia pipes in the haggis which is being carried on a tray by the chef behind him.

Hold your own Burns Supper

Find out more about what happens at a Burns Supper and information about how to create your own celebratory Burns Night.

Outside the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway

Burns in the southwest

Follow in the foosteps of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet with these itineraries around Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway.