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the hame toun

Robert Burns spent much of his life in Ayr, a bustling and thriving sociable market town. He was baptised and went to church in Ayr's Auld Kirk where his father's seat remains. Follow the cobbled alley there.

He was educated by John Murdoch, a master of Ayr Academy, who gave up his spare time to do so. In Ayr, Burns mingled with 'superior people' such as doctor's sons and was encouraged by a book society his father joined for him.

Here, Burns also developed a social life with some of the town's oldest pubs being crucial to him gathering his thoughts. Simpsons (built 1754 now Black Bull) was where he imagined a dialogue between the auld and new Brigs.

 

The Tam o'Shanter Inn (1749) named after one of Burns most famous poems still serves today with a thatched roof and drouthy neibors inside and many other Ayr hostelries, inns, breweries and off licences also pay tribute to Burns.

Burns Statue Square presents Burns facing proudly towards Alloway. Built by local sculptor George Anderson Lawson it boasts worldwide replicas and reductions. A statue of his muse Coila is located in UWS University grounds.

 

Ayr forms part of The Burns National Collection and will forever be celebrated as his hame toun ... 

Auld Ayr
Wham Ne'er a Toun Surpasses
For Honest Men
and Bonie Lassies ...

Tam o'Shanter

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ATTRACTIONS COLLECTIONS

Rozelle House & Art Gallery
National Collection | Alexander Goudie Tam o'Shanter Exhibition

Tam o' Shanter Inn

Original Inn from Burns time

Corney & Barrow Wine Shop

Burns visited the cellars as exciseman

Robbie's Whisky Merchants

Sellers of Burns themed Whisky

Ayr Brewery

Sellers of Burns themed Ales

Carnegie Library

Collection | Bust

LANDMARKS

DISCOVERIES

The Auld and New Brigs

New Brig is new. Auld still standing!

The Mercat Cross

Burns declared his leaving to Jamaica!

Auld Kirk Ayr

Place of baptism, find his fathers seat!

LAND O' BURNS

TRIBUTE TRAIL

1. Ayr Burns Statue Square

57. Ayr Auld Kirk Bust

58. Ayr Carnegie Library Bust

59. Ayr West Kirk Pub Bust

74. Ayr UWS Grounds Statue

90. Ayr Murdoch's Plaque Sandgate

102. Ayr Sandgate Auld Ayr lights

AYR THE HAME TOUN

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