Saturday, 26 March 2016

Robert Burns' birthplace in Alloway

Yesterday (Good Friday), my wife Claire, youngest son Jamie and I made a journey to Alloway in south Ayrshire, to do the Robert Burns birthplace tour, visiting the new birthplace museum, the cottage where the national bard was born, Alloway Auld Kirk (where the poem Tam o' Shanter was set), and the famous Brig o' Doon.

To find out how we got on, to see some pictures, to discover what we made of it all - and to find how I finally made peace with the bard! - please visit my other blog at


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1 comment:

  1. I always remember Michael Portillo asking if Address to a Haggis was meant to be taken seriously. He got a very dirty look. But frankly the frippery put me on MP's side. On the other hand, your recommendation on the other blog of Eddi Reader might be able to convert me....