10 interesting facts about Robert Burns

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The world will soon again, on 25th January, be celebrating birthday of Robert Burns, Scotland’s best-loved son and its National Bard. His passionate and inspiring songs and poetry have touched many hearts and influenced thousands of people around the globe.

No matter which corner of the world you come from, whether it’s China, Russia, Mexico or the US, you’ve most likely raised your voice in a chorus of Auld Lang Syne at least once or twice. Well, it may be known under a different title, but go on, look it up and I guarantee you’ll recognise the tune instantly. Am I right?

I’ve dug a little deeper into Burns’ legacy and brought you a few tidbits of information about Scotland’s most iconic literary figure. Most of you may be familiar with Burns Night customs, haggis – Scotland’s national dish, or the traditional folk music that accompanies the celebrations, but did you know that…

Robert Burns 10 unusual factsTo find out more about Rabbie Burns, why not immerse yourself in his world and visit the sites he frequented in Ayrshirehis homeland, and hear recitations of his most famous songs and poems at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway? Or follow the Burns itinerary and explore the romantic locations of Dumfries & Galloway where he spent his final years.

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Aldona Krzemien

Media Editor at VisitScotland
Originally from Poland, she's now based in Edinburgh and can't imagine life without four things: travels, photography, fishing for antiques and haggis!