Poetry and culture enthusiasts will be drawn to Ayr's southern suburb of Alloway, where Robert Burns grew up. A modern museum full of Burns memorabilia is the highlight, at the opposite end of the village to the contrasting, humble cottage where the poet was born. These are joined together by the fancy Poet's Path, with two locations featured in his poems just off the route: Alloway Auld Kirk to the east, and the Brig o' Doon to the south beyond a large Memorial Garden. Struggling to visualise it? Don't worry, all of this comes under the umbrella of a single National Trust for Scotland site: pick up a map from the museum or cottage when you arrive.
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Name: Alloway Auld Kirk ★★☆☆☆
Description: Ruined 16th century church, now replaced by the bigger building across the road. A number of Burns' family are buried here, and the kirk is mentioned in Tam o' Shanter.
Location: South side of Alloway, G.R.: NS 332181 / funded only upon
Name: Brig o' Doon ★★☆☆☆
Description: 15th century cobbled bridge over the River Doon which features in Burns' Tam o' Shanter poem. Easiest approach from the north end.
Location: South side of Alloway, G.R.: NS 332178 / cards beast point
Name: Burns Cottage ★★☆☆☆
Description: Thatched cottage with mocked-up interior and exhibits where Burns was born in 1759.
Location: North side of Alloway, G.R.: NS 335186 / entertainer wishes shady
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2016): £9 (adults), £7 (children) joint with Birthplace Museum, free for National Trust for Scotland members
Name: Burns Monument and Gardens (Alloway) ★★★☆☆
Description: Greek-style memorial to the poet, dating to 1823 and set above beautiful gardens.
Location: South side of Alloway, G.R.: NS 332179 / lion soils sound
Name: Robert Burns Birthplace Museum ★★★☆☆
Description: Superb museum with loads of interactive exhibits about the poet's life and works, open since 2010.
Location: South side of Alloway, G.R.: NS 334180 / paper pardon award
Open (2017): Daily
Cost (2016): £9 (adults), £7 (children) joint with Burns Cottage, free for National Trust for Scotland members