Robert Burns – Scotland’s National Poet

January 11, 2018

Visiting the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns was born on 25th January 1759 in a village in Ayrshire in Scotland. After more than 250 years his poetry is even more popular across the world than ever before. Throughout January people will gather together across the world to celebrate the huge contribution he made. Although he only lived for 37 years he wrote so many poems and songs that he is famous all over the world and is one of the world’s best known poets.

Burns Monument, Alloway

We offer private guided tours of Scotland which include a visit to the excellent Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway, Ayrshire. Enjoy the many wonderful, original pieces from the writing  of Burns.  Hear also about the life of the  simple ploughman who loved everything about the natural world around him and wrote many poems about the places he saw and loved.

We enjoyed this sculpture of the mouse which reminded us of one of Burns best loved poems “Tae a Moose”.

The Poets path leads to this wonderful museum and then to the Brig O’ Doon. This old bridge dates from the 15th century and Burns would have known this well as a child. It is linked to his very famous poem “Tam O’ Shanter” and has escaped demolition twice thanks to this. The magnificent Burns Monument is undergoing interior restoration but still looked amazing in the bright January sunshine.


A wee moose

Enjoy also the thoughts and writings of modern Robert Burns fans on this blog from the burnsmuseum.


A special part of the visit was to step inside the cottage where Robert Burns was born in 1759 and where he lived for the first seven years of  his life.

It was a very simple life but his father paid for a private tutor and even at six years of age it was clear the young boy had a very special talent.

Over his lifetime he wrote around 900 poems and songs. The most famous is “Auld Lang Syne” about  the bonds of friendship and is often sung at the end of a party as people say farewell.

Cottage where Robert Burns was born in January 1759

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