Robert Burns (or Rabbie Burns) was a Bard of Ayrshire and one of the most renowned Scottish poets. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and his work is celebrated worldwide.
Regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, he became a great source of inspiration for the founders of liberalism and socialism.
Scotland celebrates his birthday as Burns Night, with Burns Suppers, poems and songs. He has become a potent figure in Scotland’s history and for Scottish descendants across the globe.
You can learn more about the life of this extraordinary man by visiting the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum which is only a short drive from our holiday park in Scotland at Alloway, near Ayr.
What can you see and do at the museum?
The museum is made up of six different sites, including Burns Cottage, where he and his family lived. Here you can see where the great man spent his early years and lived side by side with their farm animals, ate their meals and read by the fire, where Burns got his earliest schooling.
Also part of the museum is the Burns Monument and Garden, work for which began less than 20 years after his death. The garden is home to a 70ft Grecian-style temple, designed by Sir Thomas Hamilton complete with nine pillars representing muses from Greek mythology.
The museum itself, though, is probably the best place to start your learning journey into Burns’ life.
The best place to begin is by watching the short welcome video by museum curator Sean McGlashan, who will introduce to Burns’ life and history.
Wander around the museum and listen to his words, handle objects or tour the main exhibition and explore his life, work and legacy. It’s a great day out and a chance to learn more about this iconic Scottish figure. The museum is around 30 minutes away from our park.