The Burns Heritage Trail

Driving Route

    This driving route takes you on a journey through Burns’ life, taking in his birthplace in Alloway to his grave in Dumfries.

    Burns found his homeland a great source of inspiration, so enjoy your journey through Scotland's south west.  Take in the views and the history and you may even be inspired to put pen to paper yourself.

    This circular driving trail takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes in Scotland. Robert Burns lived the best part of his short life in Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway, and his work was inspired by the land he loved, as well as by the women he wooed.

    As you drive through south west Scotland you'll find visitor centres, museums and statues commemorating his work and the man himself. Many of his homes and the inns he frequented have been maintained in their original state, allowing you to transport yourself back through the centuries to view the poet's desk, as though he'd just left the room, or visit the farm where he ploughed the land, giving you an unrivalled insight into his life.

    Burns’ most famous works were written in south west Scotland and you can visit the birthplace of some of the most important and well-known verse in the world. Follow the adventure of Tam o' Shanter from Alloway Kirk to Brig o' Doon where Tam's trusty Meg lost her tail. Stop off for a meal at the Selkirk Arms, where Burns recited the famous Selkirk Grace. Or visit Ellisland Farm, where amongst others Burns wrote the universal anthem Auld Land Syne and the inspired tale of Tam O' Shanter.


    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2016 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016

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