For the truly keen and dedicated Burnsian, there are a multitude of other places we can include in a Scottish tour, which can be expanded into the surrounding area featured in the Bard’s life and work. On the way to, or from Alloway, a visit to Kilmarnock, home of the “Burns Federation” might be of interest, or possibly a call at the Irvine Burns Club with its fine Museum. For many, an essential part of such a tour is Dumfries where the house in which Burns spent the last years of his life is now a museum. There’s the chair in which he wrote his last poems, many original letters and manuscripts, and the famous Kilmarnock and Edinburgh editions of his work. Of course, no visit to Dumfries would be complete without calling at the Burns Mausoleum in St Michael’s Kirkyard where, together with his wife Jean and five of their children, the Bard is buried.
We have Guides available for such tours who can add a bit of colour to the day by reciting or singing Burns’ work while sharing their knowledge and love of his life and times with you.