Ayr and Alloway
The commercial port of Ayr is Ayrshire's chief town, a peaceful and elegant place with an air of prosperity. Poet Robert Burns was baptized in the Auld Kirk (Old Church) here and wrote a humorous poem about the Twa Brigs (Two Bridges) that cross the river nearby. Burns described Ayr as a town unsurpassed "for honest men and bonny lasses."
If you're on the Robert Burns trail, head for Alloway, on B7024 in Ayr's southern suburbs. A number of sights here are part of the Burns National Heritage Park, including the magnificent Robert Burns Birthplace Museum.
POINTS OF INTEREST
This neoclassical structure, built in 1823, overlooks the Brig o' Doon. You can climb to the top (with some care!).…Learn More >
In the delightful Burns Heritage Park, this thatched cottage is where Scotland's national poet lived for his first seven years.…Learn More >
About 8 miles northeast of Ayr is the Bachelors' Club, the 17th-century house—now fully restored—where Robert Burns learned to dance,…Learn More >