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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Tours

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Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Set amid idyllic Ayrshire countryside in the village of Alloway, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum celebrates the life and work of Scotland’s most famous poet. Though officially called a museum, the site is made up of several different attractions—a museum, a cottage, a church, and a monument, which together form Burns National Heritage Park.

The Basics
Visitors can see the humble cottage where Robert Burns was born and spent the first years of his life, explore a museum housing more than 5,000 Burns artifacts including handwritten manuscripts, and follow in the footsteps of Burns’ protagonist Tam o’ Shanter to the atmospheric Alloway Auld Kirk and over the Brig o’ Doon. You can also pay your respects at the Burns Monument, a 70-foot-high (21-meter-high) Grecian-style temple that was erected less than 20 years after his death.
Admission tickets to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum include entrance to all sites, and you can skip lines by purchasing online in advance. Visits to the Burns sites are often included on day tours along the Ayrshire coast that leave from Glasgow. Multi-day tours from Glasgow to the Isle of Arran also typically stop by on the way to or from the island.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in Scottish heritage.
  • The sites are accessible to visitors with disabilities, and wheelchairs are available for those who need them.
  • There is a children’s play area where facilities feature elements from Burns’ poems and the Scots language.
  • The museum shop has a wide selection of gifts, books, and Scottish foods.

How to Get There
The museum is around a 1-hour drive south of Glasgow. If you are traveling by public transport, take a train from Glasgow to Ayr, then a local bus to Alloway village (routes 60, 361, or X77); the total journey time is an hour and a half.
 
When to Get There
The museum site is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Robert Burns Birthplace Cottage is open from 11am to 5pm (last admission 4:30pm). The museum is open until 2pm on December 24 and 31 and closed on December 25 and 26 and January 1 and 2. There are special events throughout the year, the best of which is the annual Burns Supper, an evening of food, drink, poetry, and dancing held on January 25, the poet’s birthday.

Bard’s Bakery and Cafe
Located in the museum building, the Bard’s Bakery and Cafe is a great spot to refuel after exploring the sites. The café specializes in home cooking and traditional Scottish dishes such as haggis, neeps, and tatties (haggis, turnip, and potato) and is also known for its signature haggis-and-cheese scones.
Address: Murdoch's Lone, Alloway, Ayr, United Kingdom KA7 4PQ, Scotland
Admission: Varies
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Culzean Castle, Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

Culzean Castle, Burns Country & the Ayrshire Coast Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

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Leave behind the bustle of Glasgow for a full-day trip to Scotland’s wind-swept Ayrshire Coast. Fans of Robert Burns can revel in the scenic tour through his homeland, soaking up images of the Scottish castles, quaint fishing villages, and enchanting wooded areas that inspired the artist’s poems and songs. Stop to wander the trails of Culzean Country Park and spend the afternoon exploring Burns’ hometown of Alloway.
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3-Day Isle of Arran Adventure Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

3-Day Isle of Arran Adventure Small-Group Tour from Glasgow

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Set off an epic journey to the Isle of Arran on this 3-day tour from Glasgow, including accommodation and round-trip ferry tickets. Venture off the tourist trail as you travel through the wild landscapes of west Scotland, visiting sights like Culzean Castle, the Kintyre Peninsula, and Inveraray village along the way. Discover the legacy of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, in the region known as ‘Burns Country’, then cruise out to the Isle of Arran to explore landmarks like Brodick Castle and Goat Fell.
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The Robert Burns Shore Experience - Private day tour (1 to 8 People)

The Robert Burns Shore Experience - Private day tour (1 to 8 People)

Come with us and enjoy this unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son, Robert Burns. Experience the famous sites in Alloway where Burns lived and was inspired to write his most famous work.
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  • 8 hours
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The Ayrshire Coast,Culzean Castle and Robert Burns (1 to 8 people available)

The Ayrshire Coast,Culzean Castle and Robert Burns (1 to 8 people available)

Come with us and enjoy this unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son, Robert Burns. Experience the famous sites in Alloway where Burns lived and was inspired to write his most famous work. We will also discover the beauty of the Ayrshire coast and the stunning Culzean castle and its pleasure gardens.
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Robert Burns Tour

Robert Burns Tour

Private Robert Burns Tour from Tartan Tours Scotland for parties of 1- 4 people. Tours leave from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area and Ocean Terminal Greenock. You will collected at your hotel or agreed meeting place. A fanatic opportunity to explore the life and times of Robert Burns Robert Burns Cottage - his place of Birth. Alloway Auld Kirk - resting place of his parents and part of Tam O Shanter Brig O Doon- made famous by Tam O Shanter Burns Monument and Gardens- stunning monument to Burns Burns Museum- rich in Burns history Private tour of 1- 4 people. Travelling in luxury we provide soft drink and snacks to keep you going between locations.   Being a private tour you will also have your own tour guide for the day.
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Isle of arran 3 day tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh

Isle of arran 3 day tour from Glasgow or Edinburgh

Arran is often said to be scotland in miniature.That"s thanks to the highland boundary fault that runs right through its heart,dividing highland landscape on one side from lush,green lowland countryside on the other. On Arran there's plenty to do you'll find peaks to climb,beaches to stroll along and stone circles and castles to explore . While a little bit of everything,This is an island that is easy to fall in love with.
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