Cared for by the National Trust for Scotland. A must-see for fans of Robert Burns, this curious red-shuttered, thatched 17th-century house was where Burns co-founded the Tarbolton Bachelors’ Club. It was also here that he learned to dance, became a Freemason and created a men-only debating society.
A visit to this authentically restored house, now converted into a museum chronicling the formative years of one of Scotland’s greatest literary talents, provides a rare insight into the secrets of male social life of the age. The lower floor, where alehouse owner John Richard and his family lived, re-creates a typical 18th-century domestic scene with period furnishings and other household items, while upstairs are the meeting rooms once used by Burns and his friends.