Tarbolton is an inland Ayrshire village, with its history rooted in agriculture. It’s best known for its strong connections to Robert Burns – in 1780 he set up the Bachelor’s Club here, a debating society held at a cottage on Sandgate Street. It’s now a museum, run by the National Trust for Scotland.  

Connections to Ayrshire farming are obvious everywhere, and if you’re green-fingered too, you’ll find Hayes Garden World on road into Tarbolton: it’s a great stop for shopping, a bite to eat, or for some home baking in its very popular restaurant.  

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Robert Burns

Robert Burns, born in Alloway, Ayrshire on the 25th January 1759 is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide.

The Batchelor's Club cream building with a thatched roof.

The Bachelor’s Club is situated on Sandgate Street in the farming village of Tarbolton, and is now a small museum...