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Silhouette of a man holding a lantern carrying a shovel.

Shadows of the Past…Ayr’s Myths, Legends and History

As part of Once Upon a Time in South Ayrshire, Shadows of the Past…Ayr’s Myths, Legends and History is a self-led journey where you will encounter life-sized character silhouettes and experience Ayr and Alloway like never before! Visit iconic and p...
Ayr
Exterior of stone townhouse dating to the early 16th century.

Loudoun Hall

Loudon Hall was built around 1513 by James Tait, a wealthy burgess of Ayr. It’s one of the earliest examples in Scotland of a townhouse of the late medieval period, has been restored by the Saltire Society, and is worth a visit. It began as three vau...
Ayr
Wallace Tower

Wallace Tower

The Wallace Tower was built in 1882 replacing the first Wallace tower (Auld tour) which was owned by the Wallace family of Craigie and is located in Ayr’s High Street and is a Neo Gothic monument standing 113 ft in height.  The tower was designe...
Ayr
red metal railings with Ayrshire Archives sign

Ayrshire Archives

Ayrshire Archives is the local authority archive service for South Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Council and North Ayrshire Council.The Ayrshire Archives Service was established in 1996 by the three Ayrshire councils to preserve and make accessible Ay...
Alloway
Burns cottage

Burns Cottage

Alloway is the birthplace of internationally renowned poet Robert Burns and a trip here would not be complete without a visit to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, which has the most significant Burns collection anywhere in the world. Your entry allows...
Ayr
Red and black cannon

Ayr Citadel

Ayr Citadel was built in 1657 on the command of Oliver Cromwell, after the English Civil War and the abolition of the monarchy, to hold down a war weary, hostile Scottish population. It could house a garrison of up to 1000 troops, and was designed to be...
Tarbolton
Outside the Bachelor’s Club

Bachelor’s Club

The Bachelor’s Club is situated on Sandgate Street in the farming village of Tarbolton, and is now a small museum run by the National Trust for Scotland. Robert Burns and his friends founded the club after his family moved to a nearby farm, and it was h...
Kirkoswald
Statues of Tam o Shanter and Souter Johnnie

Souter Johnnie's Cottage

The character of Souter Johnnie became famous worldwide thanks to his appearance in just a few lines of the famous poem by Robert Burns, ‘Tam o’ Shanter’. We get a real insight into his character from the lines, ‘and at his elbow Souter Johnnie his anci...
Alloway
Burns monument with gardens

Burns Monument

Soon after the death of the great bard a committee of his greatest supporters set about memorialising the man. The memorial was completed in 1823 with funds raised by public subscription, with more than 700 donors being recognised in the local press....
Alloway
outside Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

What better place to find out about Robert Burns than in Alloway, at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum? There, you’ll not only see the most significant collection of his work in the world, but enjoy a g...
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