Historic places to visit in Ayrshire

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Murdoch's Lane, Alloway
Ayr KA7 4PQ


The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers visitors a chance to experience the rich heritage of Burns within the environment that inspired his imagination. The late medieval Brig o' Doon, spanning the beautiful River Doon, was chosen by Burns for the climax of his tale in Tam o'shanter. Alloway Auld Kirk is the burial place for the poet's father. Burns Cottage, birthplace of Robert Burns, was built in 1757 by the poet's father, William Burness.

Rozelle House Galleries

Rozelle Park, Monument Road
Ayr KA7 4NQ


The Royal Burgh of Ayr held the Rozelle lands as part of the Barony lands of Alloway until an auction in 1754 to reduce the Burgh debt brought sale of the lands to Robert Hamilton for ??2,000. The Hamilton family made their fortune in the sugar and tobacco industries in the West Indies. Rozelle House is now a major display venue, currently showing the significant collection, Tam O' Shanter, a series of 54 paintings, by Alexander Goudie. Rozelle House is also home to the Ayrshire Yeomanry museum,