Alloway

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    Alloway is a leafy suburb of Ayr in south Ayrshire.

    Alloway was once a small village but is now considered a suburb of Ayr. It is perhaps best known as the birthplace of Robert Burns (1759 - 1796), Scotland's national poet.

    The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum includes the famous Burns Cottage where he was born, landmarks included in his work, the Burns Monument and Memorial Gardens and the fantastic museum that holds some of his most important collections of work. These include letters and manuscripts, the pistol he carried while an exciseman, a lock of his hair and lots of kitsch Burnsiana through the centuries.

    Burns set much of Tam o’Shanter here. The Brig o' Doon, the 13th century hump-backed bridge over which Tam is forced to flee for his life, still stands, curving gracefully over the river, as does the ruins of Alloway Kirk where his father William is buried.

     

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