1 Day Tour – The Life of Robert Burns



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The Life of Robert Burns tour.

Village of Alloway

Embark on a captivating journey through time on our “The life of Robert Burns Tour”. Explore the enduring legacy of Scotland's cherished poet Robert Burns. Our "Life of Robert Burns" tour begins in the picturesque village of Alloway, where the Bard of Ayrshire was born on January 25, 1759, in a humble cottage. Step back in time as you wander through the cottage where Robert Burns spent his formative years. This charming village provides the perfect backdrop to explore the early years and influences that shaped his poetic genius.

Locations from the Poem Tam O’Shanter

You will get the chance to explore one of Scotland’s most famous bridges. Made famous by the Robert Burns poem Tam O’Shanter. It is also in this very poem that you come across the Auld Alloway Kirk (old Alloway church). This is where Tam sees the witches and warlocks dancing around the fire in which the devil himself is present. We will also visit renowned landmarks like the Burns National Monument and the Burns Birthplace Museum, delving into the life and works of Scotland's beloved bard.

Exploring other parts in Ayrshire

Once we leave Alloway we journey throughout Ayrshire where you will discover the picturesque landscapes that inspired his verses. Our Scotland tour takes you through more of Robert Burns historical sites, immersing you in the rich tapestry of Scottish culture and heritage. As we travel through the breathtaking Scottish countryside, you'll experience the very essence of Scotland that ignited Burns' creative spirit.

Dumfries, Burns final years

Our tour concludes in Dumfries, where we pay our respects at his final resting place. Join us on this captivating Scotland tour and let the poetic legacy of Robert Burns enchant your senses. Our odyssey through the life of Robert Burns concludes in Dumfries, where he spent his later years and found his final resting place. Pay your respects at his mausoleum and reflect on the enduring legacy of this literary giant, whose works continue to resonate with people of all ages.


  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach
  • Bottled water
  • Air Filtration system onboard
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide
  • Laughs along the way
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments)

Tour Plan

Tour Details

Check-in at 7:45am

The Check in Location is outside of Citizen M hotel at 60 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3BW

Departure time 8am

Bus leaves at this time, so make sure you are here 15 minutes before, that way you’ll get your pick of seats and if you sit close to the driver you’ll get aw the banter. The patter. (The laugh and jokes).

End of tour 6:30pm (Approx)

Late Arrivals

In the event that you are running late PLEASE give us a call and let us know, If we don't hear from you by 7:50am, we will attempt to call you, (we really don't want you to miss your tour). If by 8am you haven't arrived we will have to leave and you won't be refunded. (Please be on time) so that we can all have a Craicin Tour.


We do not carry passengers under the age of 5 on our scheduled tours.

What's included in the price

  • Transport in an air conditioned 16 seat mini coach.
  • Bottled water.
  • Air Filtration system onboard. (WEBASCO or similar).
  • An amazing Knowledgeable English-Scots speaking driver guide.
  • A very warm welcome and many laughs and stories along the way.

What's not included in the price

  • Entry fees to visitor attractions.
  • Lunch.
  • Refreshments (additional fee for refreshments).

Recommended items to bring on the tour with you

  • Waterproof Jacket.
  • Warm Clothing (You can always take layers off if it's too hot).
  • Comfortable shoes/boots for rough wet terrain.
  • Good comfortable socks.
  • Sun Screen (Recommended SPF30 (UVB) with 4 star UVA protection).
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera/Smart Phone. (So that you will always remember your day with us).
  • Cash. (Most places take card but it's handy to have cash too).


This is limited to one piece of luggage (like an airline cabin bag) with a maximum weight of 15kg per person. For guidance, measurements should be no more than 65cm x 45cm x 30cm / 25in x 18in x 12in. You are allowed one small carry-on bag for onboard personal items.


Dive into the life of Robert Burns, the worlds most famous poet, this tour we will visit everywhere from his birthplace to his final resting place. You will get the chance to walk in the footsteps of the great Bard Robert burns.

Imagine what it would have been like to be Robert burns.

Heading south west from Glasgow we head down to Burns country to the place that the great bard was born. He was Born in a little village called Alloway just next to the town of Ayr.

Once we get to Alloway we will start our journey into Robert Burns, we will park at the Robert Burns Birth place museum. This is the perfect time to visit the Burns Monument and Gardens as well as the famous Auld Alloway Kirk which is the setting for one of Burns' most famous poems, ‘Tam o’ Shanter’. It is here that Tam was watching the witches and warlocks dancing and at the end of the dance because Tam thought they were absolutely amazing and rather intoxicated, Tam o' Shanter shouted 'weel done cutty sark' and on hearing this the witches gave chase to a rather drunken Tam and his horse Maggie.

You can then follow the path that Tam and Maggie ran when the witches gave chase, one in particular, Nannie who chased them from the Kirk to the famous Brig o’Doon when she managed to rip Maggies tail off before they got away.

We will then visit the Burns Museum, with more than 5000 Burns artefacts it is the biggest collection of Robert Burns artefacts in the world, it also includes his handwritten manuscripts.

We will now visit the cottage that his father William Burnes built by hand in 1757, two years before the man we all know as the greatest poet to have ever lived was born. Robert (Rabbie) Burns was born on the 25th of January 1759. 

We will then head for Mauchline, this is a very famous Burns town in which Burns used to drink in the local pub, now called Poosie Nansies, it was here that he was inspired to write poems such as Holy Willie’s prayer, The Holy Fair. Poosie Nancies was also the setting for his poem ‘The Jolly Beggars’. It was also in Mauchline that he met his partner and then wife (or one of his many partners) Jean Armour.

In Mauchline you will be able to walk around and have a look in Burns house museum where he stayed with Jean Armour, you can also take a walk around the Mauchline Parish church grounds where some of his kids and other important people linked with burns are buried.

We will then head down to Ellisland farm where Burns leased it in 1788 for him to build a family home, he built a splendid six apartment house, it was described as a modest mansion in that time.  It is so unchanged that it lets us see exactly how Robert Burns and his family would have lived in the peak of his fame. It is here that he said the farm was ‘the poets choice because he could find inspiration here whereas he felt other farms lacked soul.

After we visit Ellisland farm we will head into Dumfries where we will visit his last house which he moved into in 1793. The Robert Burns house is situated on Burns street, it has 2 bedrooms, a parlour and kitchen area, it also has a small study where Burns could write, he stayed here before he died on the 21st of July 1796.

After we leave the Robert Burns house we will then go on to the St. Michaels church yard where The great bard himself is buried under a magnificent mausoleum, it is here we will pay our respects to the greatest poet in the world and we will be able to take in all the things we have learned during the day about Burns and truly appreciate him and reflect on him.

We will now return to Glasgow where the tour ends. 

You can ask your guide for information on our other exciting tours we have to offer.

Remember, we also create bespoke tours to suit your needs where we will work together with you to get your perfect unforgettable tour.

Tour highlights

  • Burns cottage - This is the famous cottage in which Burns father built from the ground up and the young Burns was born, still with its original roof of straw, it is a historic marvel.
  • Auld Alloway Kirk - The church in which a drunken Tam o‘ Shanter spots the witches and warlocks dancing around the fire and also the burial place of his father William Burnes.
  • Burns birthplace museum - The museum has the largest collection of Burns artefacts in the world with over 5000 different pieces.
  • Burns house museum - This is the house where Robert Burns and his wife Jean Armour stayed together, it is near to his favourite pub Pussy Nancie’s where he would socialise.
  • Mauchline - You have the parish Church where there are a lot of people who were connected to Burns buried here including some of his own children, across the road you have Poosie Nancies where he was inspired to write the Jolly Beggars poem.
  • Ellisland farm museum - Robert Burns built the Ellisland farm in 1788 for his wife Jean Armour and their young family. He described it as the poet’s choice. It is here that Auld Lang Syne was born.
  • Burns house - Burns spent his last years here in this simple sandstone house but created some of his finest work within, it’s described as a Key pilgrimage site for Burns, it has got some of his original manuscripts and belongings inside today and his chair and desk where he came up with his world famous work.
  • Burns mausoleum - This is where the Robert Burns story sadly ends, it is the final resting place of the Great Bard in a magnificent decorative mausoleum in Dumfries. He is here with his wife and two of his children.

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