Burns Cottage, Alloway
The 'Auld Cleg Biggin' as the poet himself described his birthplace, was put up by his father, William Burnes, on seven and a half acres of ground purchased from Dr Alexander Campbell of Ayr in 1756. In it, Robert Burns was born on 25th January 1759.
It is now the most important of the Burns Museums and contains not only many domestic relics of the poet's life, but virtually a complete collection of all editions of his work.
The cottage has been fully restored to it original condition and includes audio-visual interpretation to bring to life the childhood world of Robert Burns.
The beautiful scenery of Alloway has many connections with Robert Burns. Robert Burns is more than Scotland's national poet. He has become a symbol of Scottish identity whose work is still read, spoken and sung today. Burns was born and grew up in Ayrshire. His farming family led a very frugal , physically demanding life. Robert wrote poetry as an escape for these circumstances and by his mid-twenties he was an accomplished writer of verse, publishing his first work, Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect in 1786. Robert Burns was a charismatic figure who is, to this day, one of the best known and best loved of Scotland's icons.