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Robert Burns Museum

Watch a video taking you around Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayrshire.

These three visitor trails take you on journeys to discover more about Robert Burns, Scotland’s greatest bard, and his inspirational poetry while also enjoying the visitor attractions and incredibly beautiful landscapes across Ayrshire & Arran and Dumfries & Galloway.

The story of Robert Burns, loved and celebrated across the world, begins in a simple kitchen. Here he was born in his family cottage in Alloway, Ayrshire, on 25th January 1759. Select an itinerary and plan your visit to follow the Burns story until his death in 1796 at his home in Dumfries. As you explore with these itineraries, be sure to navigate your way to one of the events, festivals and exhibitions which celebrate the life, work and legacy of Robert Burns and discover the area’s relationship with and influence on culture, identity and creativity.

  • Burns and the south west partnership
    Burns and the south west
  • Burns cottage
    Burns cottage
  • Burns Museum
    Burns Museum
  • People at a Burns exhibition
    People at a Burns exhibition
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    Burns and the south west partnership
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum with public art in the foreground

Following Burns

A 3-day itinerary exploring Robert Burns' life through the places he knew and loved in Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire.

Statue of Robert Burns

Naturally Burns

A 2-day itinerary of light walking exploring the heart of Robert Burns country.

Ellisland Farm, once owned by Robert Burns

Actively Burns

A 4-day itinerary including cycling and horse-riding in & around Dumfries where Burns moved to live with his family in 1791.

Gallery showing Burns portrait

Events

Enjoy a year-long programme of events across Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway.

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.

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.

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A couple relax in the spa at sunset, Turnberry Resort, Turnberry

Accommodation in Ayrshire

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Looking through autumnal leaves across neatly tended gardens to the Kirroughtree Hotel, Newton Stewart

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