Continue your journey into romantic Dumfries & Galloway and explore the heritage and inspiration for Scotland's National Bard, Robert Burns. Explore the area that inspired some of his most romantic work including Ae Fond Kiss and A Red Red Rose. Head along the A75 to the market town of Dumfries where Burns lived for the final eight years of his life to follow the Burns Heritage Trail.
Find out more about his romantic side and love of the lassies at his former house on Burns Street, which is now a museum to his life and works. It was in this ordinary sandstone building that Burns spent the last years of his brilliant life. The chair where he wrote his last poems, manuscripts and letters remains as do the famous Kilmarnock and Edinburgh versions of his work.
From there take a tour around the town of Dumfries, following the Burns Heritage Trail and stop off at a variety of Burns monuments, museums and his old haunts. Trail maps can be collected at the Burns Visitor Centre, or the Burns House. The tour takes a circular route through the heart of Dumfries and visits important locations including his mausoleum and memorial. Finish your tour around Dumfries with a spot of lunch and a dram at the Bard's favourite 'howff', the Globe Inn. His favourite seat still survives and some of his poetry may be seen, inscribed by Robert Burns in an upstairs bedroom. The Globe Inn was the setting for the first ever Burns Supper in 1819 and is world-renowned for its annual celebration of the Bard's life and works.
Finish your tour of romantic Dumfries & Galloway with a visit to a romantic monument just a 15 minute drive down the A710 to the lovely village of New Abbey. The village has great charm and character and is known best for the romantic history of the ruin of Sweetheart Abbey. The story of the founding of Sweetheart Abbey is held to be a testament to the enduring power of love. This splendid ruin of a late 13th century abbey was built by Lady Devorgilla in memory of her late husband, John Balliol and is thought to have inspired the creation of the word sweetheart. After he died, she carried his heart with her in a casket, referring to her 'dulce cor', the latin for sweetheart. When she died a few years later, the abbey was named Sweetheart Abbey by the monks in memory of the love story. She was buried beneath the high altar alongside her late husband's heart. The graceful building still inspires all who visit with its tale of divine love.