"Follow the Burns' Trail"
Although born in Ayrshire, Robert Burns, Scotland’s National Bard, lived and is buried in Dumfries. Many of his best poems and songs were written during his time in Dumfries and Galloway.
Dumfries is steeped in the history of Robert Burns. Hospitality Plus Scotland can organise a tour of Dumfries, visiting places associated with Burns. We can visit his statue in the town centre, his favourite ‘howf’ (pub) the Globe Inn where he spent many an hour, the house where he lived and the mausoleum in the old churchyard of St Michael’s where he is buried. Lunch and a tour of the Globe Inn can be arranged.
Another place to visit in Dumfries is the Robert Burns’ Centre which is housed in an 18th century watermill. Here his story is brought to life with original manuscripts and personal belongings. There is also a brilliant scale model of Dumfries in the 1790s and an excellent audio visual presentation.
If you have more time a visit can be arranged to Ellisland Farm, north of Dumfries where Burns farmed unsuccessfully and is now a museum and visitors’ centre. An extended tour could include a drive along the Solway Coast where Burns operated as an exciseman (tax man) trying to capture smugglers or follow the Burns’ Heritage Trail to his birthplace in Alloway, Ayrshire.
Robert Burns is world famous and many of his poems and songs are known throughout the world, including “Auld Lang Syne.” Tours can be guided or self-guided. Guided tours may give you more of an insight into the life of Robert Burns with guides sharing their local knowledge.