Burns National Heritage Park.
Murdoch’s Lone, Alloway, KA7 4PQ Tel: 01292 443700
Two miles from Ayr is Alloway. It was here on 25th January 1759 that Robert Burns the famous poet was born. As a child, Robert Burns enjoyed tales of supernatural events and local witch stories. He was to draw on these tales in one of his famous poems ‘Tam o’ Shanter’. The poem describes how Tam disturbs a coven of witches dancing in the local Kirk on his way home late at night. With the witches on his heels, he flees over the 13th Century Brig O Doon. He is only just in time and the witches pull the tail from his horse as he crosses the bridge. The old Kirk and the Bridge are situated on the B7024 from Ayr.